Posted by: Len

Cathy and I had the opportunity this week to talk about the film project to two groups in our area.  We both love these occasions; we get to speak to audiences about a subject that we are passionate about, and we get to show and describe Surayia’s artwork to people who have not seen it before.

On Monday the 22nd we were on Bainbridge Island speaking to a group of embroiderers who had become aware of Surayia’s work when we attended the Embroiderer’s Guild of America regional conference a few months ago.  Thank you for your interest, good questions and donation to the film project!

The next evening we gave a presentation about Bangladesh and the film project to a group in Gig Harbor interested in foreign travel.  That has resulted in an additional invitation to speak to a larger meeting of the group early in 2013.  Thanks to Louise for her tireless championing of our project!

We love talking to people about the film and how we came to be working on it, so if you know of a group with an interest in empowerment of women, embroidery, quilting, South Asia, or any of the many themes that the film touches on, please let us know and we’ll try to find a mutually convenient time to come speak.  You can always reach us by e-mail at:  info (at)

Posted by: Cathy and Len

We recently had the chance to say “thank you” to our Seattle-area supporters and show them a “sneak preview” of some of the footage shot in Bangladesh over the past 12 months.  The event on Mercer Island was a lot of fun for us and gave us an opportunity to talk with supporters, some of whom we had not met in person before.

In addition to a big thank you to those who have donated money, time and encouragement to the film project, we also want to say thanks to our friends who brought the delicious Bangladeshi food and tea, and to those who had so many good things to say about the film and about the importance of supporting independent film.  As always, Rita Meher did an excellent job of editing the most recent footage into a beautiful seven-minute clip.

We could not have come this far without the help and support of a lot of people.  Donations of money, time and services have gotten us to where we are today.  The outpouring of enthusiasm and encouragement keeps us going.  As we continue with our fundraising efforts we sincerely thank everyone who has helped and look forward to thanking those who will help in the future!



Posted by:  Len

Thursday October 11 is the first ever International Day of the Girl Child, which we have posted about before.  In celebration we did this guest blog post for, which appeared today.  Thank you to Anil Advani for the great photos.  The one of Surayia and the “girls” captures the relationship so well and resonates with a lot of people around the world.

Thanks as well to Gil Namur for his enthusiasm and creating an interesting and thought-provoking blog.