NEWS & EVENTS
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. The film 'Jothorleena' by Bengali artist Dilara Begum Jolly that portrays the life of Roma Chowdhury will provide a starting point for the discussion. This discussants are Catherine Masud, Dilara Begum Jolly, filmmaker Leesa Gazi, and television presenter and women's advocate Nobonita Chowdhury.
Podcast/Conversation (Chobi Mela) - Feb. 15, 2021
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.
Film Launch: The Dildilans, A Story of Photography & Survival - Sept. 28, 2020
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.
Discussion: Tort Law and Compensation for Road Crashes - Aug. 13, 2020
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.