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



December – February – multiple screenings in Dhaka, Bangladesh!  Details soon.


March 10 – 12 – University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada;  Gendered Threads of Globalization Conference;  In-person and virtual


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

Would you like to host a screening? 


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 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

August 6 – 9 – Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario

August 2 – Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA (with Hilltop Artists)

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