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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.

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Nasima
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Daliya
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Labor Ministry Woman Officer
Mostafa Monwar ...
Sohel (as Mostofa Monwar)
Deepanwita Martin ...
Reshma
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Reza
Mita Chowdhury ...
Guest appearance
Shajid Ahmed ...
Co artist
Wahida Mollick Jolly ...
Rahima
Sayem Rahmaan ...
Sayem
Sajed Hossein ...
Imran
Joyraaj ...
Garment's Owner
Samina Lutfa ...
Farzana
Monju Begam ...
Receptionist
Reekita Nondini Shimu ...
Shimu Akhtar (as Rikita Nandini Shimu)
Mita Rahman ...
Moyna's Mother
Mayabi Rahman ...
Tania
Parvin Paru ...
Maya

Directed by

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Rubaiyat Hossain

Written by

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Philippe Barrière ... (co-writer)
 
Rubaiyat Hossain ... ()

Produced by

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Aadnan Imtiaz Ahmed ... co-producer / executive producer
Penelope Julie Bruun Bjerregaard ... assistant producer
Pedro Borges ... co-producer
François d'Artemare ... producer
Rubaiyat Hossain ... co-producer
Peter Hyldahl ... co-producer
Ashique Mostafa ... producer
Aung Rakhine ... executive producer
Shariful Islam Shaon ... assistant producer
Rebecca Zivohlava ... production coordinator

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Mayeen Uddin Rehman ... composer
Tin Soheili ... composer

Cinematography by

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Sabine Lancelin

Film Editing by

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Sujan Mahmud
Raphaëlle Martin-Holger

Editorial Department

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Inés Europa Crespo Esteso ... post-production coordinator
Elodie Rassel ... first assistant editor
Edoardo Rebecchi ... colorist / post production supervisor
Laura Skiöld Østerud ... assistant editor / post-production assistant

Production Design by

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Jonaki Bhattacharya

Art Direction by

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Saddam Khandaker Joy

Production Management

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Damien Grégoire ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mahde Hasan ... assistant director
Rajib Rafi ... chief assistant director

Art Department

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Åsmund Sollihøgda ... graphic designer

Sound Department

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Elisha Albert ... sound recordist
Catrine Le Dous ... foley artist / foley editor
Jacques Pedersen ... sound designer
Christian Scheuer ... dialogue editor / foley recordist
Peter Seeba ... assistant sound editor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Paolo Da Silva ... gaffer
Barkat Hossain Polash ... camera operator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mohamed Rohan ... wardrobe (as Md. Rohan)

Location Management

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Robin Shams ... location manager

Music Department

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Peter Morrison ... musician: cello
Tin Soheili ... musician: ronroco

Transportation Department

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Shamim Ahmed ... driver
Ruhul Shovo ... data runner

Additional Crew

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Andrea Grau ... press attaché: international press
Nanna Lykke ... audience design
Sylvie Martin ... finance director
Alexia Brinkmann Nielsen ... accounting
Anders Møller Nielsen ... financial manager
Marie Queysanne ... press attaché: france
Sifat Zaman ... production administrator: cinema cocoon
Fatiha Zeroual ... assistant press attaché
Rebecca Zivohlava ... production coordinator

Thanks

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Matthieu Darras ... thanks
Marco Orsini ... special thanks / thanks
Charles Tesson ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 (Reekita Nondini 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 threaten her, but also her colleagues, who are desperate to keep their jobs in a world where options for survival are few. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Also Known As
  • The Women Behind the Label (World-wide, English title)
  • Shimu
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Runtime
  • 95 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia * An interesting article about his film by Yann Tobin can be read in the French magazine "Positif" # 706, Institut Lumière-Actes Sud, Paris, December 2019, pp. 53-54, ISSN: 0048-4911. See more »
Quotes Shimu: We are women, screwed if we are married, screwed if we are not.
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