inspiration. determination. liberation.

Documentary film synopsis

Surayia, photographed by Anil Advani.

Surayia, photographed by Anil Advani.


Down a narrow lane flanked by garment factories they came to her, over roads and over rivers, for inspiration, for guidance, for work. She is Surayia Rahman, a self-trained, passionate artist who guided hundreds of underprivileged women in Bangladesh to create masterworks.  This exquisitely hand-embroidered art has been gifted to dignitaries and admired in collections throughout the world.

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—  2016 —

November 17 Zonta International and Union Bank of Switzerland, New York, NY

November 6 – South Asian Film Festival Montreal, Quebec

October 27 – UN Association Film Festival, Stanford University, CA

   October 22 – Textile Society of America Symposium, Savannah, GA

October 18 – Spurlock Museum and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

October 14 – 16 – Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

October 12 and 27 – Doctober, Pickford Film Center, Bellingham, WA

July 5 – Foundation for International Understanding Through Students, U of Washington, Seattle, WA

June 25 – Association for Asian Studies, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan

June 15 – Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, ON    Best Short Documentary Award

May 28 – Bar Harbor, ME, with College of the Atlantic

May 13 – Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA

April 26 – Information Resource Center, U.S. Embassy, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

April 14 – University of Washington, Seattle WA

April 2 – Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Seattle, WA

March 14 – Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

March 10 – Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

February 19 – FLO Film Festival, Mumbai, India

February 8 – ARTISANS’ Centre for Art Craft and Design, Mumbai, India

January 19 – U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC

January 6 – Key Center Library, Key Center, WA

—  2015 —

December 15 – Women’s Interclub Council, Gig Harbor, WA  

November 6 and 7Friday Harbor Film Festival, Friday Harbor, WA   Best Short Film Award

November 5 – Agnus Dei Lutheran Church, Gig Harbor, WA

October 29 – Women’s Ways of Making Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

October 22 – Seattle South Asian Film Festival, Seattle, WA

October 16 – Fibre Arts Newfoundland and Labrador 2015 (in cooperation with the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival)

October 15 – The Textile Museum, Washington, DC

October 3 – Chicago South Asian Film Festival, Chicago, IL

September 28 – Hilltop Artists, Tacoma, WA

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