Oscars 2022: The 94th Academy Awards ceremony preparations and shortlisting are well underway. On December 21, the Academy Award of Merit announced the shortlist in ten categories. Writing with Fire, an Indian entry, is one of 15 films chosen from a field of 138 for the documentary feature category of the 2022 Academy Awards. The shortlist voting completed on December 15, after which the nomination voting will commence. With the addition of 'Writing with Fire,' India's other shortlisted film, 'Pebbles' (Koozhangal), has been eliminated from the Oscar sweepstakes.
"Writing With Fire," directed by Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, marking their debut, follows the growth of Khabar Lahariya, India's sole newspaper run by Dalit women. In a crowded news industry dominated by men, India's sole Dalit women-run newspaper emerges. The chief reporter, and her colleagues, violate convention by reinventing what it means to be influential.
The famous drama, directed by Vinothraj PS and named "Koozhangal" in Tamil, portrays an alcoholic abusive husband whose wife run away after suffering for a long time. Later, he goes out on a mission with his small kid to find and bring her back. The film gave a tough competition, however got eliminate din the last round.
Full list of Oscars 22 shortlisted documentary
Ascension- MTV Documentary Films- dir. Jessica Kingdon
Attica -Showtime- dir. Stanley Nelson
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry (Apple Original Films) dir. RJ Cutler
Faya Dayi (Janus Films) dir. Jessica Beshir
The First Wave (National Geographic) dir. Matthew Heineman
Flee (Neon) dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen
In the Same Breath (HBO Documentary Films) dir. Nanfu Wang
Julia (Sony Pictures Classics) dir. Julie Cohen, Betsy West
President (Greenwich Entertainment) dir. Camilla Nielsson
Procession (Netflix) dir. Robert Greene
The Rescue (National Geographic) dir. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Simple as Water (HBO Documentary Films) dir. Megan Mylan
Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (Hulu/Searchlight Pictures) dir. Quest Love
The Velvet Underground (Apple Original Films) dir. Todd Haynes
Writing with Fire (Music Box Films) dir. Rintu Thomas