Oscar nominations for IDFA-selected films Writing with Fire, Flee, and Lead Me Home

    • News
    • February 9, 2022
    • By the staff

    Three films from the IDFA 2021 selection have been nominated for an Oscar. As announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this Tuesday, the nominations include Flee by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Lead Me Home by Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk, and Writing with Fire by Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas. The Oscars will be awarded on March 27.

    Writing with Fire, nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category, shows how, in Uttar Pradesh, a local newspaper is run by women from the lowest caste, the Dalits—a unique situation in conservative India. Armed with courage, perseverance, and smartphones, they report on thorny issues. Last year the film won the NPO IDFA Audience Award, the prize for the highest-rated film among the festival audience. Previously, the film was supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund, IDFAcademy, and IDFA Forum.

    Flee, which has made history with nominations for Best Documentary Feature, Best Animated Film, and Best International Feature, tells the story of Amin, a gay man who fled Afghanistan in the 1980s. Depicted mostly through animation, Flee shows the unforgiving environment in which he lived, and the scars that remain from living as a second-class citizen. The film screened in IDFA's Best of Fests section last November.

    Lead Me Home, nominated in the Best Documentary Short category, is a compassionate account of life among the homeless in three major U.S. cities. Personal stories from several homeless people throw light on the underlying social issues. Since internationally premiering in IDFA's Frontlight section, Lead Me Home is now available to stream in the IDFA online collection.

    Pictured on top: Writing with Fire by Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas.

    Writing with Fire

    • Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas
    • 2021
    • 94 min

      In Uttar Pradesh, a local newspaper is run by women from the lowest caste, the Dalits—a unique situation in conservative India. Armed with courage, perseverance, and smartphones, they report on thorny issues.

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      Flee

      • Jonas Poher Rasmussen
      • 2021
      • 90 min

        The story of Amin, a gay man who fled Afghanistan in the 1980s, is told mostly in animation. Flee shows the unforgiving environment in which he lived, and the scars that remain from living as a second-class citizen.

        More info

        Lead Me Home

        • Pedro Kos, Jon Shenk
        • 2021
        • 40 min

          Compassionate account of life among the homeless in three major U.S. cities. Personal stories from several homeless people throw light on the underlying social issues.

          More info

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