FILM TITLE: Made in Bangladesh
DIRECTOR: Rubaiyat Hossain
2019 – USA – 119 mins – English
The readymade (RMG) industry is the strongest element of Bangladeshi development. In the fiscal year 2018-19 the sector exported in the volume of 34133.27 million US$ which is 84.21% of the total export of the country.
The apparel industry of Bangladesh started its journey in the 1980s. According to Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), one of the largest trade associations in the country representing the readymade garment industry, although it started in 1983 with only 12 members, currently it has 4,621 member factories. A total of 3,856 factories have been identified as operational-only 3.8% out of 3,856 factories are unionized. About 3.6 million workers are reported to be employed there. 53% of them are female and 47% are male. But when it comes to the sewing machine operator, a whopping number of 80% are women.
The average age of workers is 25.
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.