To celebrate the release of While We Watched on Fri 14 July, we've also programmed a one-off screening of Oscar-nominated, Writing With FireBoth of these documentaries investigate the free press in India and spotlight on-the-ground journalists fighting to break down boundaries and counter misinformation. Read on to learn more about these ground-breaking stories.

While We Watched

From 14 Jul. The screening on the 14 Jul will be followed by a Q&A with director Vinay Shukla and protagonist, Ravish Kumar.

A gripping newsroom drama, following broadcast journalist Ravish Kumar as he fearlessly tackles misinformation and incompetent governance in India. Kumar and his team at NDTV fight tirelessly to report on the stories overlooked by pro-government mainstream media.

While We Watched is a riveting tale of truth, courage and journalistic integrity. Kumar’s unyielding spirit is captured brilliantly, and we watch as he faces seemingly unending challenges.

A powerful character study of one reporter’s unshakable quest to speak the truth.

POV Magazine

Writing With Fire

Showing Sun 23 Jul, 14:00. Tickets only £5.

The first Indian documentary ever to be nominated for an Oscar, Writing With Fire is a galvanising portrait of India’s only newspaper run entirely by Dalit women, Khabar Lahariya.

Working in a cluttered news landscape dominated by men, and living in Uttar Pradesh – a state known for its notorious levels of violence against women and oppression of minorities – chief reporter Meera and her team face down daily challenges to tackle India’s biggest issues. Armed with their smartphones, the KL reporters break traditions on the frontlines and within the confines of their own homes.

Rousing… the film’s faith in the powers of grassroots journalism is nothing short of galvanizing.

The New York Times