Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Story Worth the Telling

If you've been reading this blog for some time, you might remember this post I wrote about Bangladeshi needle artist Surayia Rahman who has spent her life helping hundreds of women escape from poverty in Bengal through needle and thread.

Photos copyright Anil Advani and Kantha Productions LLC, used with permission

I recently received an email update from Kantha Productions, the group that is filming a documentary of her life story. Here's an excerpt from their newsletter:
We have completed over half of the filming and have a brilliant base of still photographs too. Most of our research for the film is complete and we are now putting together a storyboard for the documentary that will touch your hearts. We plan final filming in Bangladesh as soon as the rains stop and then we will work with our editor on the first cuts of the film!
And here is a link to the newly released trailer for the movie...it's worth a look. I love needlework that tells a story...and this tale has many facets. There's the story of Surayia herself...and then the stories of the women whom she helped...and the stories that they've translated with needle and thread in the form of their embroidered nakshi kantha. It's beautiful on so many levels.

Photos copyright Anil Advani and Kantha Productions LLC, used with permission

If you would like to follow this story yourself, you can sign up for email updates at the Kantha Threads website. There you can read more about the project, view a beautiful gallery of Surayia's works and find a support page where you can make financial contributions.

With continued interest and support, it's possible that Kantha Productions will complete post-production of the documentary in spring 2012 and start submitting THREADS to festivals!


gracie said...

Thank you for sharing...

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I remember when you posted about this before so thoroughly enjoyed this little trailer. What beautiful work, and it makes me love and appreciate embroidering all the more.

Thank you ~ FlowerLady


Susan, how spooky.Yesterday evening I finished a presentation I am preparing for students this year about the art of Kantha embroidery. What pops up today is your post and the great link that I can now pass on to my students.Thank you for sharing.

Mosaic Magpie said...

What a story and yes indeed, worth telling. The power of one woman and the domino effect, that power has.
Thanks for sharing.

Robbie said...

How interesting and what beautiful, detailed work!! The women make it look so easy doing the stitching. Thanks so much for sharing this story and upcoming movie. I did sign up for their newsletter.

Anonymous said...

It's always so satisfying to see films about successful and worthwhile projects, isn't it!

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