A documentary about how quilt work transformed lives in Bangladesh will be shown at Reel Pizza Cinerama on May 28. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC

Film puts focus on art economics

BAR HARBOR — The documentary film “Threads” will be presented by College of the Atlantic and Living Threads Co. at Reel Pizza Cinerama on Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m.

The 30-minute screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the importance of economic development through art. The discussion will focus on both local and international contexts, highlighting economic impacts and community development opportunities.

The panel will include Jay Friedlander, the Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business at College of the Atlantic and founder of The Diana Davis Spencer Hatchery, COA’s sustainable business incubator program; Amanda Zehner, the founder of Living Threads Co., a social enterprise based in Northeast Harbor with a mission to preserve artisan traditions and improve livelihoods of rural men and women around the world; and Rebecca Haydu ’16, who has worked with artisans in Yucatán, Mexico, and is currently participating in the hatchery program to launch a new fashion brand in collaboration with artisans in Mexico and Guatemala.

“Threads” is a portrait of 84-yearold Bengali artist Surayia Rahman, who transforms the quilt-work tradition of kantha to create possibilities for a better life for her family and hundreds of women in Bangladesh. Over three decades, as their artworks become prized possessions around the world, Rahman and the artisans overcome their hardships with needle and thread, stitch by stitch. “Threads” takes us on a journey into the heart of an artist and illuminates an unconventional path to dignity and independence.

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