MADE IN BANGLADESH
1 hr 35min, NR - Drama
Language: Bengali with subtitles
Shimu (Rikita Nandini 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.
It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.