When we visited Dhaka late last year, our friends from the American Chamber of Commerce (the AMCHAM, made up of Bangladeshi and American businesspeople who share a goal of increasing trade and improving relations between the two countries) kindly invited us to lunch with board members and let us make  a presentation about the film project.   It was an excellent lunch and a welcome chance to see a number of friends from when we lived in Bangladesh, including AMCHAM President Aftab ul Islam and Executive Director A. Gafur.

We were pleased to see that the AMCHAM recently published an article in its journal about the film project, with great photos by Anil Advani.

Here’s a link to an interesting article about the importance of documentaries by Nick Fraser.  We agree with his favorite choices, including Frederick Marx’s Hoop Dreams.  We look forward to the day when Threads is also on his list!

Len and I are really excited about being able to take part in the “Aaina” festival which will be held in Seattle March 25 – 27.  The very talented South Asian women involved are working in a variety of media: drama, film, photography, painting, music.

The editor we have been working with on a short trailer for the film, Rita Meher, is the executive director of Aaina and invited us to join with the other artists for an opening reception and conversation March 25.  If you are in the Seattle area,  join us there as we talk about the film project and show our first fundraising trailer for Threads.

An interesting coincidence:  “aaina” means “mirror” in Urdu and Surayia’s organization was called “Arshi,” which is “mirror” in Bangla.

We are featured artists!

Thanks to Jeni Woock of Gig Harbor for her enthusiastic support!

Catherine and Tareque Masud — consulting producer and advisor, respectively, for “Threads” — recently released their new film, “Runway.”    Mishuk Munier, who has done filming  for “Threads” in Bangladesh, is the cinematographer for “Runway.”

Congratulations to the Masuds, Mishuk, and all involved on the occasion of the film’s premiere.  We were fortunate to see the film at Catherine and Tareque’s home when we were in Dhaka and agree completely with the very positive response that it has been getting at screenings in various parts of Bangladesh.

Catherine and Tareque are very insightful filmmakers and we wish them great success with this and all of their ventures.