Digital Film/Video Production | Storrs
UConn Affiliations: Human Rights Institute
Education: MFA in Film, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2019
BA in Development Studies, Brown University, 1986
Language(s) Spoken: বাংলা, Français (Bengali, French)
Areas of Research/Artistic Focus: Oral History, Digital Archiving, Human Rights, South Asia
Catherine Masud is an award-winning filmmaker with over 25 years of experience in producing, directing and editing, working in both documentary and fictional genres. She produced and co-wrote the acclaimed feature MATIR MOINA (The Clay Bird, 2002), which won the International Critics’ Prize at Cannes and many other awards. Other notable productions include MUKTIR GAAN (Song of Freedom, 1995), A KIND OF CHILDHOOD (2002), and RUNWAY (2010). She is currently working on a feature length documentary, A DOUBLE LIFE, slated for completion in 2019.
Thematically many of her films address social justice issues and the conflict between religious and cultural identity. Her films have screened at major festivals, been theatrically released in many countries, and broadcast on such outlets as Turner Classic Movies, Channel 4 (UK), TV Ontario and SBS Australia. She has received grants for her work from Unesco, the Ford Foundation, the US Department of State, Hubert Bals Fund (Netherlands), DFID (UK) and the French Government South Fund among others.
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 film production.
Her association with UConn dates back to 2016 when the Human Rights Institute hosted a selection of her films. In the fall of 2018 she received a special appointment from the Human Rights Institute to teach a variable topics course entitled “Social Documentary in Theory and Practice.” In 2019-20, she has taught two variable topics courses in DMD, “Visual Representations of Armenian Memory” and “Social Justice Documentary.”