Nowhere is this more apparent than a scene in Writing With Fire, where journalist Meera Devi video-interviews a rising youth political leader who demonstrates pulling out a sword. The blade’s edges catch the straggling lines of light in the dark space as it arcs in the small space. She only looks at him unflinchingly.
Writing With Fire is a critically acclaimed documentary that delves into Khabar Lahariya, a small independent journalism company in India run by women in Uttar Pradesh, India. It was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2022 Oscars, and is a 2021 Sundance Film Festival Winner. Among its other glowing reviews, it was also chosen as the New York Times’ Critics’ Pick.
All for good reason—it is an incisive and inspiring look into the power of journalism.
Every so often, when life gets overwhelming and I need a break, I turn to the best remedy available: Studio Ghibli films.
For those of us who aren’t familiar with Studio Ghibli, they’re the masterminds behind lighthearted classics like Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service and My Neighbour Totoro. And for self-professed movie connoisseurs who prefer Studio Ghibli’s more cerebral works, films like Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, Porco Rosso, and Grave of the Fireflies are sure to hit that intellectual sweet spot.
By Andrea Ng (22S06B), Jason Sutio (22S06U), Lara Tan (22A01B), Sophie Goh (22S07B)
First there was bubble tea, then there was all things salted egg yolk, and more recently the love for coconut drinks—but one cannot talk about Singaporean students’ food fads without mentioning the all-time king, Mala Xiang Guo.
After eating this chilli-filled, “numbingly-spicy” dish multiple times in a single day, we now have enough ammunition to spit fire from our mouths. For this reason, be assured that our article will be a spicy one.
Raffles Reads is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Times Reads which aims to promote a reading culture among Singaporean students.
At first glance, Joyce Chua’s Land of Sand and Song seems like a typical YA novel filled with historical fiction and fantasy tropes. There’s a strong-willed princess for its heroine, a rogue prince for its hero and plenty of political drama that I recognise from dipping my toes into Chinese historical dramas. Little did I expect to open it and only stop when I reached the last page.