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 grueling hours for paltry sums at a textile factory while her husband searches for work.
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. Director Rubaiyat Hossain has achieved something remarkable, turning what could have been simply dry or guilt-inducing into a colorful, constantly engaging drama. 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 grueling 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 ...Written by
Toronto International Film Festival
We are women, screwed if we are married, screwed if we are not.
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Classic storytelling in a new setting
The social drama takes the viewer to the factories where their clothes are made. The storytelling and cinemography reminded me of older European films from the 40's and 50's that dealt with the same issues: workers rights, women's role in a patriarchal society and a corrupt system. Though much of these ills have been improved in the privileged west, they are not gone from the world, far from it. The story is engaging and setting is interesting and colorful. Though the film feels at times it has been made for social studies class, it is nevertheless emotional and capturing story that does great work in bringing awareness on the issues that it portrays.
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