Bangladeshi filmmaker Rubaiyat Hossain’s third movie ‘Made in Bangladesh’ has hit the headlines as it has been officially invited to compete for the 78th Golden Globe award, for the best foreign film category.  This 2019 movie got premiered in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

The movie centers around a female protagonist named Shimu, a textile worker who starts a union to fight for her rights after a co-worker is killed in a fire at her factory. Despite threats from the management and disapproval from her husband, she is determined to fight all the fears and obstacles that come her way. 

This movie represents the poor workers fighting for fair wages, improved work conditions, decent working hours, and basic human rights. The consciousness of these poor women workers leave the audience in awe. The film further explores how the garment factory of Bangladesh has the ability to empower women. The vast majority of garment workers survive hand to mouth, support several family members and do not have health insurance. The owners or managers of these factories are least bothered about workers’ safety. 

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“Shimu could be the face of a global capitalism: a young woman who works unearthly hours at a textile factory for paltry wages on which she cannot even afford rice for herself and her unemployed husband,” said Dana Reinoos from Cinema Scope magazine.

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This picture from the movie represents today’s women, who fight for the right causes.