Made in Bangladesh

How do you learn to speak out when everyone expects you to be silent? In a Bangladeshi factory, a determined young woman discovers the possibilities of activism.

Dir Rubaiyat Hossain
Prod François d’Artemare, Ashique Mostafa
Scr Rubaiyat Hossain, Philippe Barrière
With Rikita Shimu, Novera Rahman, Parvin Paru
Sales Pyramide International
With English subtitles

In the busy metropolis of Dhaka, Shimu (Rikita Shimu) supports her unemployed husband with a job as a seamstress in a garment factory. Shaken by the casual lack of accountability management shows after a fire kills a colleague, Shimu connects with local feminist organiser Apa, who informs her of her rights to unionise. Under the deafening din of hundreds of manually operated sewing machines, a quiet revolution begins to build. Eschewing a celebratory female empowerment narrative, Rubaiyat Hossain’s writing weighs patient acts of administration equally with the alliances across social class and more dramatic acts of courage that encompass the labour of activism. The result is a nuanced and quietly rousing portrait of the pleasures, possibilities and limitations of collective liberation and feminist solidarity.

Jemma Desai

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Rubaiyat Hossain, director; Shimu Reekita Nondine, cast.

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.