Made in Bangladesh
Chances are at least one item in your clothes closet started its life in Bangladesh. This is a story of the women who make our jeans and T-shirts, told as a moving, suspenseful tale not simply of exploitation, but also of empowerment. Shimu (Rikita Nandini Shimu) fled her village as a child when her stepmother threatened to marry her off to a middle-aged man. Now 23 and living in the capital, she works gruelling hours for paltry sums at a textile factory while her husband searches for work. After a fire in the factory results in the death of a co-worker, Shimu is approached by a union advocate who provides her with a crash course in women workers' rights — and the tools to enforce them. But Shimu's attempt to unionize her workplace is met with resistance at every turn, not only from her patriarchal employers, who openly threaten her, but also her colleagues, who are desperate to keep their jobs in a world where options for survival are few.
Director: Rubaiyat Hossain
Cast:: Rikita Nandini Shimu, Novera Rahman, Parvin Paru
Country: France, Bangladesh, Denmark, Portugal
Language: Bengali with EST
Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR
|April 29, 2020||AGH BMO World Film Festival||Hamilton, ON|
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