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Tazaa Khabar
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English (subtitled), 31 min, 2006, India

Are free and fair elections being held in Nihi gram panchayat? How does the quarrying of a hill affect farmers in Bharatkup village? Why have eight people died of tuberculosis in Sukhrampur village? In today's media-saturated world of celebrity hype and overdrive, 'Khabar Lahariya' is almost an anachronism. This 8-page newspaper, published every fortnight from a small town in Uttar Pradesh's Chitrakoot district, covers all the news that mainstream media forgo.
 
The film follows the all-woman team of journalists at 'Khabar Lahariya' on a breathless journey through police stations, polling booths, power cuts, printer failures, and sleepless nights... all part of a determined effort to ensure that 'Issue 62: Election Special' reaches its rural readers right on time.

 
Producer:
Nirantar
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Ranu Ghosh
Editing:
Rajesh Parmar
Sound:
Boby John, Ranu Ghosh