NEWS & EVENTS
Interview: "Creating Cinema in Bangladesh" on June 27, 2022
Catherine Masud joins Soumik Ghosh and Srinjoy Ganguly of the YouTube channel "The Coffee House Experience" for an in-depth adda on life, love, and cinema in Bangladesh.
Catherine Masud participates as speaker at virtual event on road safety organized by the South Asian Peace Action Network (SAPAN). The Streets for Life discussion brings together activists and experts from across Southasia and the diaspora, to highlight common concerns and aspirations on this critical yet neglected issue. Following the event, SAPAN issued this Declaration to Collaborate across Southasian Region to Recognise and Address Road and Highway Safety, endorsed by all the participants.
Film Launch: Letters from Nuremberg
Virtual Screening & Panel Discussion
October 20th, 2021
Letters from Nuremberg is a short documentary on the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg in 1945-6, where the top Nazi war criminals were put on trial. This story is partly told through the personal letters of Executive Trial Counsel (and later US Senator) Thomas J. Dodd, and also features Senator Christopher Dodd and others reflecting on Dodd’s role and the enduring significance of Nuremberg in today’s turbulent and challenging times. Made by Catherine Masud in collaboration with a talented team of UConn Human Rights and Digital Media & Design students. The project is profiled here in UConn Today.
Catherine Masud as Chair and moderator of plenary panel entitled "Projections of War: Cinematic Representations of Bangladesh's Independence" at 2021 edition of the International Association of Genocide Scholar's Conference. Presentations by: Fahmida Akhter (Jahangirnagar Univ), Naeem Mohaiemen (Columbia Univ), Nayanika Mookherjee (Durham Univ), and Zakir Hossain Raju (Independent University of Bangladesh).
Catherine Masud participates as Guest of Honor at the online closing ceremony of Liberation DocFest Bangladesh 2021, a festival dedicated to documentary cinema, seeking to highlight the struggle for Liberation and Human Rights of people in various parts of the world and its contemporary significance.
Bengal Foundation, British Council, and the Birmingham Museum (UK) host a panel discussion focusing on the resilience, rights and roles of Bangladeshi women from independence in 1971 to the present day. Bangladeshi multimedia artist Dilara Begum Jolly's film Jothorleena, that portrays the life of poet Roma Chowdhury, will provide a starting point for the discussion. The discussants are Catherine Masud, Dilara Begum Jolly, filmmaker and writer Leesa Gazi, and television presenter and women's advocate Nobonita Chowdhury.
Catherine Masud in conversation with University of Edinburgh media anthropologist Lotte Hoek, talking about her filmmaking journey in the context of the Bangladesh independent film movement, and her own complex identity as a "foreigner" living and working as an artist in Bangladesh for many years.
Chobi Mela, the first festival of photography in Asia, is one of the most exciting ventures that Drik and Pathshala has initiated. The first Chobi Mela – International Festival of Photography was held in December 2000 - January 2001. It is the most demographically inclusive photo festival in the world and is held every two years in Dhaka.
During the 19th and early 20th centuries a remarkable family of Armenian photographers, the Dildilians, captured a time and a way of life in Anatolia in central Turkey that was soon to disappear during the Armenian Genocide of 1915. This documentary, which is the product of a unique collaboration between filmmaker Catherine Masud, Dildilian family historian Armen Marsoobian, and a talented group of University of Connecticut students, tells the story of that lost community through the voices of family descendants, supplemented by historical photographs and documents from the family archive.
Tort Law Project and Bangladesh Legal Aid Services Trust (BLAST) host this discussion on the future of compensation for road crash victims under the new Road Transport Act and the wider issue of accountability and the urgent need for application of Tort Law in Bangladesh. This Daily Star report summarizes the key points made by the speakers.
Catherine Masud in conversation with film scholar Fahmida Akhter to talk about her past film work, her partnership with the late director Tareque Masud, Bangladesh independent cinema and film policy, and her current projects and future plans.
Naeem Mohaiemen presents his paper on the public's perception of 'documentary truth' in Tareque & Catherine Masud's Muktir Gaan (Song of Freedom) at Yale University, followed by a discussion with Catherine Masud and others (audio only).