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A large crowd of women wearing saris standing in a factory, surrounded by sewing machines; their hands are on their hips and they look displeased.

Made in Bangladesh

All Equal? Close Up Sisters Truth To Power

16 September 2020 - 27 September 2020

Subtitles Closed Captions
United Kingdom
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Film Synopsis: Made in Bangladesh

Director: Rubaiyat Hossain | Countries of production: Bangladesh, Denmark, France, Portugal | Year: 2019 | Length: 95 min
Language: Bengali with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Shimu works as a seamstress in one of the many thousand garment factories that produce Bangladesh’s most valuable export commodities: the impossibly cheap clothes sold by fast fashion brands such as H&M, Uniqlo, Zara or Primark.

When a fire results in the death of a co-worker, Shimu’s outrage at the unsafe working conditions she and her friends labour under threatens to fizzle into powerless anger – until she comes into contact with a local women’s rights organiser. Invigorated by Shimu’s determination and a collective sense of purpose, the workers defy management threats and their husbands’ disapproval to form a union.

Bangladeshi director Rubaiyat Hossain’s vibrant and hopeful film was informed by hundreds of interviews with female garment workers. Shimu’s story pays tribute to their struggle against the constraints of their domestic and public lives – while Made in Bangladesh presents an impassioned, beautifully crafted exposé of exploitative labour practices and the global economic forces that fuel them.

Content notes:
Contains scenes of violent intimidation, references to sexual violence and domestic abuse.

Screened as part of TOAFF20


Beyond the Screen

Watch the Q&A with director Rubaiyat Hossain and representatives from Christian Aid and Labour Behind the Label for a conversation exploring the complex dynamics of women’s empowerment within the context of fast fashion – and the power of unions: MADE IN BANGLADESH: LIVE Q&A

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How to watch
This film is available to watch at any time between 00:00 on 16 September and 23:59 on 27 September.

To enjoy the full “live screening” experience, we recommend you:

  1. Book your ticket for the film in advance
  2. Register your place for the live Q&A on Fri 25 September
  3. On Fri 25 September, start playing the film at 6.45pm
  4. Join us for the live Q&A straight after, at 8:30pm

Ticket prices
Digital events still require a lot of work behind the scenes, and hosting digital screenings incurs significant costs. To reflect this, our recommended ticket price is £7, however we are operating a “sliding scale” ticket policy (thanks to SQIFF for leading the way) whereby audience members choose what to pay based on personal circumstances, from £2 upwards.  We don’t ask for any proof or ID – we just ask you to please be honest, so that this model can be sustainable for us as a small independent charity. For further guidance on price levels, please refer to this document, or the image below:

We don’t want price to be a barrier to access our festival. If you require free access, please contact freetickets@takeoneaction.org.uk, indicating the title of the film you wish to watch.

All live workshops and Q&As will be free to access.


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