Shimu, twenty-three, works in a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Faced with difficult conditions at work, she decides to start a union with her co-workers. Despite threats from the management and disapproval of her husband, Shimu is determined to go on.
Rubaiyat Hossain (Dakha, Bangladesh, 1981) is an internationally acclaimed director, writer, producer. She holds a master’s degree in cinema studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She debuted as a feature filmmaker in 2011 with Meherjaan, a film about a Bengali woman’s love affair with a Pakistani soldier during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence. Her second feature film, Under Construction, was written and directed in 2015. Her works have been screened at film festivals around the world and received several awards. Made in Bangladesh (2019) is her latest film.
Meherjaan (2011), Under Construction (2015), Made in Bangladesh (2019).
“I have always been interested in examining, on screen, women’s lived experiences and social conditions. I did some research for three years, meeting lots of factory workers, because I didn’t have any experience working in a factory. [...] What I found fascinating is that, even with very little pay, difficult conditions at work, struggles against patriarchy at home, these women are empowered. Because one hundred years ago in Bangladesh, women could not even work, they had to live in seclusion. Today, they are working, they are making a living for themselves and their families, and they are fighting within the factory and at home for their rights.”
MADE IN BANGLADESH
Francia-Bangladesh-Danimarca-Portogallo/France-Bangladesh-Denmark-Portugal, 2019, 95’, col.
made in bangladesh
Rubaiyat Hossain, Philippe Barrière
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Elisha Albert, Jacques Pedersen
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Rikita Nandini Shimu (Shimu), Novera Rahman (Daliya), Deepanwita Martin (Reshma), Parvin Paru (Maya), Mayabe, Mostafa Monwar
François D’Artemare, Ashique Mostafa
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