Sept. 17, 2019 – Human Rights Film Series: THREADS

screening & discussion

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Konover Auditorium
Dodd Center



A visionary leader in Bangladesh frees herself and hundreds of other women and families from poverty and social hardships by creating timeless works of art.

Torn from her family, her paintings, and her beloved Calcutta after the partition of India, artist Surayia Rahman finds a new life in Bangladesh teaching impoverished mothers to embroider her story-telling designs. An inspirational example of the power of art and the impact of empowering women and girls around the world, THREADS takes us on an intimate journey into the heart of an artist and celebrates an unconventional path to dignity and independence.

Following the film, join us for a talkback with

 Director Cathy Stevulak


Co-Producer Catherine Masud

moderated by Cathy Schlud-Vials

Cathy Stevulak is a Canadian filmmaker, born in a small coal-mining town in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Ten years ago, while living in Bangladesh and working as a senior adviser with United Nations Development Programme in Bangladesh, she met many women who were quietly revolutionizing their own lives through art and craft, looking to their own culture and resources to do so. Their resilience reminds her of the struggles in the stories of her ancestors, their inspiration a glow that needs to be shared. Cathy worked across Canada and internationally as a public affairs and international development consultant and is now based in Washington State, USA. Threads is her debut as a documentary director.

Catherine Masud is an award-winning filmmaker with over 25 years of experience in producing, directing and editing. She has worked in both documentary and fictional genres. Her films have screened at major festivals, been theatrically released in many countries, and broadcast on such outlets as Turner Classic Movies, Channel 4 (UK), TV Ontario, Telequebec, and SBS (Australia). The Clay Bird (producer and editor), won the Critics’ Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. An American citizen by birth, Catherine lived the majority of her adult years in Dhaka, Bangladesh, working together with her late husband and filmmaking partner Tareque Masud.

Cathy J. Schlund-Vials holds a Joint Appointment as Professor in the Department of English and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute and is the Associate Dean for the Humanities and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut.