Award 2022

Directed & produced by Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh, the film is the first ever Indian nominee in this category

February 9 Indian narrative 'Composing with Fire' has won an Oscar selection in the Best Documentary Feature classification. Coordinated and delivered by Indian producers Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, the film has come to the 94th Academy Awards designations and is the very first Indian chosen one in this classification.

The film archives the excursion of ladies columnists, covering the tale of Khabar Lahariya, a paper run by Dalit ladies writers, follows its central journalist and wrongdoing correspondent. It annals their excursion including the shift to computerized news-casting "furnished with cell phones." The film has as of now won a large group of honors including the Sundance Film Festival (US)- Special Jury Award: Impact for Change and the Sundance Film Festival (US)- Audience Award.

Beforehand, two narratives set in India have won an Oscar for Best Documentary Short - 'Grin Pinki' and 'Period. End Of Sentence'. Two movies were remembered for the not insignificant rundown of qualified movies for Oscars - Suriya's 'Jai Bheem' and Mohanlal's 'Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham'. Notwithstanding, the movies couldn't take care of business.

The documentary film, whose journey began six years ago, and which spotlights the Dalit women-run newspaper in Bundelkhand, ‘Khabar Lahariya’, mapping its print-to-digital transition, has been making headlines since it won the Special Jury (Impact for Change) and Audience awards at the Sundance Film Festival in January last year. It has bagged 28 international awards since.

This year is, however, not the first time a story about Indian women has travelled to the Academy Award stage. In 2019, Iranian-American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi won the Best Documentary (Short Subject) for her film ‘Period. End of Sentence’ (2018), co-produced by Guneet Monga and starring Coimbatore’s “padman” Arunachalam Muruganantham, and American documentary filmmaker Megan Mylan’s Hindi-Bhojpuri documentary ‘Smile Pinki’ (2008), won the Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 2009, about a free cleft-lip surgery changing the life of a poverty-stricken five-year-old Pinki Sonkar near Varanasi.