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Made in Bangladesh (2019)

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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.

Director:

Rubaiyat Hossain

Writers:

Rubaiyat Hossain, Philippe Barrière (co-writer)
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Credited cast:
Rikita Nandini Shimu Rikita Nandini Shimu ... Shimu Akhtar
Novera Rahman ... Daliya
Parvin Paru Parvin Paru ... Maya
Mayabi Rahman Mayabi Rahman ... Tania
Shahana Goswami ... Nasima
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monju Begam Monju Begam ... Receptionist
Mita Chowdhury Mita Chowdhury ... Guest appearance
Momena Chowdhury ... Labor Ministry Woman Officer
Sajed Hossein Sajed Hossein ... Imran
Wahida Mollick Jolly Wahida Mollick Jolly ... Rahima
Joyraaj Joyraaj ... Garment's Owner
Samina Lutfa Samina Lutfa ... Farzana
Deepanwita Martin Deepanwita Martin ... Reshma
Mostafa Monwar Mostafa Monwar ... Sohel (as Mostofa Monwar)
Mita Rahman Mita Rahman ... Moyna's Mother
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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

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Drama

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Award: Arte Kino International Prize. See more »

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Shimu: We are women, screwed if we are married, screwed if we are not.
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Classic storytelling in a new setting
16 February 2020 | by severajaahoSee all my reviews

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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Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

28 November 2019 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Made in Bangladesh See more »

Filming Locations:

Dhaka, Bangladesh See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,319, 30 August 2020

Gross USA:

$5,322

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,432
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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