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Untying the Knot tells the inspiring story of Rumana Monzur, the blinded survivor of a domestic attack, and her courageous pursuit of a career in Canada. A powerful exploration of marriage in Bangladesh, the film also follows three professional women in Dhaka who are fighting to overcome abuse and social oppression.
Winner of the Audience Choice Award for Feature Documentary
South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (2019)
Winner of the Sabeen Mahmud Award for Courage in Cinema
Mosaic International Film Festival (2019)
Selected as part of ‘Films Changing the World’
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (2019)
“A must-see documentary revealing staggering new perspectives.”
– Hot Docs Cinema
“All young people should watch this film to help them define and articulate what intimate relationships and marriage mean to them, so that they can protect themselves from atrocities and violence within marriage.”
– Asiya Shervani
Gender, Social Inclusion & Workplace Ethics Advisor, India
“It was wonderful to see such a raw and real telling of the realities of what it is to be a survivor. We learn through these powerful stories that abuse is not just physical – it is emotional, verbal, financial and it involves psychological trauma as well. The most important takeaway from this film is the incredible resilience, intuition and brilliance of survivors. These women are not starting from scratch – they’re starting from a place of so much experience, so much intelligence and so much courage.”
– Rachna Khare
Executive Director, Daya Houston
“I gave this documentary a 10/10 because it’s real, honest and these women live the ultimate example of courage… This documentary will give courage to all women, and open the door for others struggling through the same situations.”
– IMDB reviewer
“While all the movies were impactful, the most heart-shattering and empowering film that touched the hearts of one and all was Untying the Knot.”
Untying the Knot is an official selection at the 2021 CineFAM Women of Colour Film Festival, running virtually Oct. 23-30. The documentary will be available worldwide. Get your FREE all-access pass today.
Don’t miss director Zana Shammi on the CineFAM panel discussion Behind the Lens – Love Through Our Lens airing Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7pm ET.
Over the course of the pandemic, we’ve had the honour of partnering with amazing organizations from across the United States and around the world who are working on the frontlines to empower survivors of domestic violence. These virtual screenings have launched powerful discussions featuring Rumana Monzur and director Zana Shammi. Head to our Facebook page for the latest q&as.
If you would like to book a screening and q&a for your organization, company or community, email us at [email protected]
Stream Untying the Knot in Canada on CBC Gem.