Writing with Fire women

Get a sneak peek of the new documentary Writing With Fire prior to its broadcast premiere—and continue the conversation locally. 

Front Range Community College is hosting a public screening of the new documentary film Writing With Fire from Emmy Award-winning Independent Lens. Nominated for an Oscar for “Best Documentary Feature” this year, it’s a story of women in India who are “taking destiny into their own hands.” 

Film critic Roger Ebert has called the documentary “an urgent reminder of journalism’s importance.” The film has also won awards from the Sundance Film Festival and the International Documentary Association. 

Watch the movie, then stay online for a live virtual discussion with local experts. Both virtual events are free and open to the public. 

What: FREE virtual screening of  

Writing With Fire 

When: Friday, March 25 at 11:00 am 

Link to watch: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/pqsul  


In a media landscape dominated by men, the women journalists of India’s all-female Khabar Lahariya (“News Wave”) newspaper risk it all—including their own safety—to cover the country’s political, social, and local news from a women-powered perspective.  

From underground network to independent media empire—now with 10 million views on their YouTube site—they defy the odds to redefine power. 


If you enjoy the film—and/or it leaves you with burning questions you’d like to discuss—please join us directly afterward for a special interactive live conversation with these experts: 

  • Dr. Nishant Upadhyay, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Their research focuses on intersections of race, indigeneity, caste, gender, and sexuality. They teach within the areas of Queer and Trans of Color Studies. 
  • Dr. Tori Omega Arthur, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University. Areas of specialization include critical cultural theory and the intersections of media, race, gender, sexuality, (im)migration, and cultural tourism; social media based televisuals; the histories and formations of digital diasporas; and, digital/social media representations of the transnational mobilities of Black people, particularly Black LGBTQIA and womxn mobilities. 
  • Tatiana Flowers, Inequality and General Assignment Beat Reporter for the Colorado Sun. She has covered crime and courts plus education and health in Colorado, Connecticut, Israel and Morocco. 

What: Live Zoom panel discussion directly following the film 

When: Friday, March 25 at Noon 

Link to Participate: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84851024038  

FILM THEMES/DISCUSSION TOPICS: multimedia journalism, women’s rights, India, caste system, mobile reporting, newspapers 


For more information or accommodations, please contact:  

sarah.lindahl@frontrange.edu or Kalynn.amundson@frontrange.edu.  

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About Indie Lens Pop-Up 

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories and join the conversation. For more information, visit www.pbs.org/independentlens/indie-lens-pop-up

About Independent Lens 

Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS Monday nights at 10:00 PM. The acclaimed series, with Lois Vossen as executive producer, features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by ITVS, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more visit pbs.org/independentlens. Join the conversation: facebook.com/independentlens and on Twitter @IndependentLens

About Front Range Community College 

FRCC offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, Brighton, and online. FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System. 

About the Colorado Community College System 

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving 138,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities. 

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