Catherine Masud is an award-winning filmmaker with over 30 years of experience in producing, directing and editing both documentary and fictional genres. She produced, co-wrote, and edited the acclaimed feature Matir Moina (The Clay Bird), which won the International Critics’ Prize at Cannes and became the first Bangladeshi film to compete in the Oscars. Thematically many of her films address social justice issues and the conflict between religious and cultural identity. An American citizen by birth, Catherine spent much of her adult life in Dhaka, Bangladesh, working together with her late husband and filmmaking partner Tareque Masud. Since her relocation back to the US in 2015, she has divided her time between teaching, writing, and filmmaking. She currently teaches documentary and human rights at the University of Connecticut.
Lotte Hoek is a media anthropologist whose ethnographic research explores cultures of the moving image in South Asia, particularly in Bangladesh. Her current research focuses on art film and non-theatrical exhibition as grounds for political contestation in Bangladesh since 1948. She combines archival and ethnographic exploration. She is the author of Cut-Pieces: Celluloid Obscenity and Popular Cinema in Bangladesh, which explores the nature of film form in the popular film industry. She is co-editor of the journal BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies. She is Head of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.
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