Irish Film Institute -WHILE WE WATCHED



92 mins, India-UK, 2022, Digital, Subtitled

A gripping newsroom documentary chronicling the work of broadcast journalist Ravish Kumar as he navigates a spiralling world of truth and disinformation. Famous for his takedowns of the ruling establishment, Kumar’s primetime news bulletin is characterised by solid research, verified evidence, and sharp social commentary, a far cry from the new industry standard of high-decibel, polarising debates. As press freedom further disintegrates and self-censorship becomes the new normal, Kumar struggles against his own network’s financial hardships, and sinking television ratings. The dangerously deteriorating standard of public discourse finds Ravish at the receiving end of harassment, intimidation, threats to his life and even violence against his family. With a growing target on his back, and the looming threat of his network’s imminent closure, Ravish transforms from a plucky troublemaker into a man fighting for his family, and the soul of his nation.

Notes by David O’Mahony

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