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About Made in Bangladesh

Runtime: 95 minutes

Language: Bengali

Genre: Drama

Shimu, 23, 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. Together the women must fight and find a way.

Cast: Rikita Nandini Shimu as Shimu Novera Rahman as Daliya Deepanwita Martin as Reshma Parvin Paru as Maya Mayabi Rahman as Tania Shatabdi Wadud as Reza Mostafa Monwar as Sohel Mita Rahman as Moyna's mother Shahana Goswami as Nasima

Director: Rubaiyat Hossain

Filmmaker Rubaiyat Hossain’s works reflect social realism and use a feminist lens to deconstruct the otherwise phallocentric institution of cinema.

Rubaiyat 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. The film was controversial in Bangladesh and pulled down from cinema halls by its distributors just a week after its release. It did however participate at several film festivals and won a handful of awards.

Rubaiyat’s next film, Under Construction, was released in 2015 and tells the story of an urban middle-class woman in an unhappy marriage who plays the role of Nandini in Tagore’s play Raktakarabi (Red Oleanders). It has been screened at film festivals around the world and received several awards.

Rubaiyat’s recent film, Made in Bangladesh, a Bangladesh-France-Denmark-Portugal joint-venture is premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival following the participation at BFI London Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival and other major festivals. This is a “film on Bangladesh’s garment workers spotlights women driving change.” Distributed by Pyramide Films, the film was widely released in France on 4 December 2019 and running for several months.