Watch Untying the Knot from anywhere in Canada on CBC Gem.
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 the “Films Changing the World” series
Hot Docs Cinema (2019)
Selected as part of the “Spotlight on Ontario” series
Hot Docs & Ontario Creates (2021)
“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.”
– 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 will be presented at the 50th anniversary edition of Film Fest Ghent, Belgium, in October 2023.
We’ve had the honour of partnering with amazing organizations from 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:
Discussion with Maitri (California)
Discussion with Daya (Houston)
Stream Untying the Knot in Canada on CBC Gem.