Director / Producer
Cathy 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.
Leonard was a U.S. diplomat posted to Bangladesh when he first met Surayia and became fascinated by her art. He has worked with Cathy to assemble a multinational team of award-winning film makers who are excited by the stories of Surayia and the women she worked with and by the prospect of telling their stories to the world.
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.
Rita Meher has been working in the video industry for over 14 years, making her debut in television career as a producer in Japan. Born and brought up in India, Rita made her first short film Citizenship101 in 2002 based on her own immigrant experience. She was also the production manager and assistant editor for Nazrah, a Muslim Woman’s Perspective that won many festival awards. Currently she works as freelance video producer, editor and instructor in Seattle. She is the founder and director of Tasveer, a South Asian film organization, and directs two major festivals called Aaina: South Asian Women Focus and Seattle’s Independent South Asian Film Festival.