Documentary on India's only women-led news outlet to be shown Dec. 13 at the Tivoli

  • The 2021 Indian documentary film "Writing With Fire," profiling the nation's only women-led news outlet, will be shown Monday, Dec. 13, at the Tivoli in Downers Grove.

    The 2021 Indian documentary film "Writing With Fire," profiling the nation's only women-led news outlet, will be shown Monday, Dec. 13, at the Tivoli in Downers Grove. Courtesy of After Hours Film Society

Posted12/9/2021 6:59 PM

On Monday, Dec. 13, the After Hours Film Society will show the 2021 Indian documentary "Writing with Fire" at 7:30 p.m. at Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave. in Downers Grove.

The 93-minute film, in Hindu with English subtitles, is directed and produced by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh.


Reporting from a social environment built to divide based on caste and gender, a fearless group of journalists maintain India's only women-led news outlet. The women of Khabar Lahariya ("Waves of News") prepare to transition the newspaper from print to digital even though many of their reporters don't have access to electricity at home. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her team of investigative journalists confront some of India's biggest issues -- exposing the relentless discrimination against women and amplifying the voices of those who suffer from the oppressive caste system.

A discussion will follow the film screening.

Tickets are $11 or $7 for After Hours Film Society members. For information, visit

On Monday, Jan. 10, the 2021 film "Mass," directed by Fran Kranz, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. The movie, rated PG-13, had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Years after an unspeakable tragedy tore their lives apart, two sets of parents (Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton, Reed Birney and Ann Dowd) agree to talk privately in an attempt to move forward. In Fran Kranz' writing and directing debut, he thoughtfully examines their journey of grief, anger and acceptance by coming face-to-face with the ones who have been left behind.

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On Jan. 24, the series will continue with the 2021 documentary "The Rescue." The film, in English, Thai, Korean and Norwegian with subtitles, is directed by Elizabeth Chai Varsarhelyi and Jimmy Chin and features Rick Stanton, John Volanthen and Richard "Harry" Harris.

"The Rescue" chronicles the enthralling, against-all-odds story that transfixed the world in 2018: the daring rescue of 12 boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand.

The After Hours Film Society generally meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. A special thanks to the Chicago Film Critics for their partnership in providing film professionals for our post-screening discussions. These individuals have been recognized for their critical voices on the cinematic arts in the Chicago region.

It is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit cultural organization in Wheaton was formed to encourage the appreciation of cinema, both as an art and as a medium of information and education. Its mission is to provide the suburban community with first class foreign, art and independent films that otherwise would not be offered locally.

For information, contact (630) 534-4528 or


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