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Closing Gala - Made in Bangladesh (12A*) + ScreenTalk with director Rubaiyat Hossain

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2020

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group of Bangladeshi women walk down the street

Shimu works grueling hours for paltry pay in a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

After a fire in the factory leaves a co-worker dead, Shimu is moved to start a union. Her attempts are met with resistance at every step, not just from her patriarchal employers but also her colleagues, who fear losing their jobs. In the face of threats from management and violent disapproval of her husband, Shimu discovers a wealth of courage and tenacity she didn’t know she had.

Channeling real-life stories that Bangladeshi filmmaker Rubaiyat Hossain encountered as a women's rights activist, this empowering, layered drama shines a light on an oppressive industry, and demands our attention.

Following the film we welcome director Rubaiyat Hossain and Meenakshi Ganguly (Human Rights Watch) for a ScreenTalk hosted by Annie Kelly, journalist and editor of the Guaridan's Modern-day Slavery in Focus series.

2019 France/Bangladesh/Denmark/Portugal Dir Rubaiyat Hossain 95 min

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