HOW TO EXPERIENCE THREADS
BONUS CONTENT: Bengali dubbed version
BONUS CONTENT: Bengali dubbed version
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.
“THREADS is an inspiring documentary about Surayia Rahman, a women who through persistence, determination, and courage taught hundreds of women in Bangladesh skills with a needle so they could gain economic independence. Pushing through her own adversities, Rahman enables other women to realize masterpieces in thread. Rahman’s story is a lesson about how each of us can make a difference in other people’s lives.” Maureen Goggin, Professor of English, Arizona State University
People around the world are using the film to inspire and to reach out to their communities. Share this inspiring story with your community by licensing the film for a screening. As with most films, a public performance license is required to screen the film for a group, privately or publicly. There are several ways we and our partners can help with your screening or educational use.
THREADS tells a story set in Bangladesh. The concepts raised in the film can be applied globally:
How Do I Host A Screening?
We are here to help you. To host a screening, please complete this form. Our screening partner, Collective Eye Films, will follow up with you to discuss your screening plans.
Should you prefer, you could send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and place THREADS in the subject line, or phone (503) 232-5345.
We suggest selecting a date at least 4 weeks in advance of the screening to allow enough time for reaching out and promoting the film out to your community and others who you think would be interested to watch and discuss the film.
Previous events have been hosted by women’s organizations, middle schools, high schools and universities, local embroidery, quilt and other arts organizations, museums, national conferences, retirement residences, government and international organizations.
What Support Is Included?
Will The Filmmakers Attend My Screening?
Yes! The filmmakers welcome you to invite them to discuss the film with your audiences.
The filmmakers have spoken at conferences, universities, schools, libraries, museums, non-profit events and other community screenings around the world. You may want them to introduce the film, answer questions after the film, or be part of a panel discussion. To each screening, they bring their personal experiences in living in Bangladesh and other countries and can engage the audience in various subject areas related to the film and its making.
How do I invite the filmmakers? To get more information or to schedule a screening or request filmmaker participation in your event, please fill out this form.
Collective Eye Films is an educational film distribution and production company that represents over 160 compelling documentaries that explore the untold stories of our time. Our films build bridges between cultures and provide unique perspectives by exploring social, political, environmental, and spiritual issues to bring provocative and entertaining stories to the screen.
We believe that film is a medium that can present critical issues, challenge audiences, and raise important questions. Keeping true to the notion that documentary films are powerful tools for change, we strive to unearth stories that make a difference.
*TBD* – University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada Gendered Threads of Globalization Conference
July 29 – The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum; The Sigur Center for Asian Studies
March 14 – Textile Arts Council/Hearst Museum/UC Berkeley Chowdhury Center/Tracing Patterns Foundation Kantha in Bangladesh virtual event
February 24 – UN Association Film Festival UNAFF in Libraries virtual event
September 17 – University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT Human Rights Film Series
September 16 – Essex Meadows, Essex, CT
September 14 – Milford Public Library, Milford, CT
September 12 – Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
July 23 – International Quilt Study Center and Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE Collecting and Recollecting Film Series
July 19 – Heron’s Key, Gig Harbor, WA
June 22 – Weave A Real Peace Annual Meeting, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
May 24 – Reel Crafted Film Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada
May 1 – Pakenham Patchworkers and Quilters, Pakenham, VIC, Australia
January 16 – Institute for Global Engagement, Western Washington University Reel World Film Series
October 21 – Lake Bonavista Village Retirement Residence, Calgary, Alberta
October 13 – Nocturne Halifax, Nova Scotia – In cooperation with the Bangladesh Community Association of Nova Scotia and Carbon Arc Cinema
July 19 – The American Center, Tunis, Tunisia
February 22 – Womens’ Initiatives Network and Algonquin College School of Social Service Worker Program, Pembroke, ON, Canada
October 7 – Cloth Roads Film Festival, Loveland, CO
September 27 – UNAFF Travelling Festival, Carroll University, Waukesha, WI
June 3 – Colorado Dragon Film Festival, Denver, CO
May 10 – Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
April 22 – American Corner, Dashoguz, Turkmenistan
March 23 – UN Commission on the Status of Women, UN Headquarters, New York, NY
March 18 – Embroiderers Guild of America, Evergreen Chapter, Key Center, WA
March 11 – Zonta International, Dhaka, Bangladesh
March 9 – U.S. Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
February 23, 24 – Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, India
February 22 – National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai, India
February 22 – Sophia College, Mumbai, India
February 21 – The American Centre, New Delhi, India
February 18 – India International Centre, New Delhi, India
February 17 – Amity University, New Delhi, India
February 17 – Canadian High Commission, New Delhi, India
February 16 – Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, India
February 15 – Cinecentral at NANDAN Film Centre, Kolkata, India
February 14 – BRAC Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh
February 12 – National Museum of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh
February 10 – Spreeha at Chhayanaut Cultural Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh
February 9 – EMK Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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December 7 – Gig Harbor Quilter’s Guild, Gig Harbor, WA
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
May 4 – Tacoma Parks, Tacoma, 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
December 15 – Women’s Interclub Council, Gig Harbor, WA
November 6 and 7 – Friday 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
August 6 – 9 – Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario
August 2 – Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA (with Hilltop Artists)