Made in Bangladesh

by Rubaiyat Hossain
A riveting story of the women who organized a labour union at a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2019  ·  1h35m  ·  Bangladesh, Denmark, France, Portugal
Bengali, English
English subs
About the Film

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.

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Festivals and Awards
Tromsø International Film Festival, Winner: The Norwegian Peace Film Award
Palm Spring International Film Festival, USA, Official Selection
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, Official Selection
BFI London Film Festival, UK, Official Selection
Festival International du Film de Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France, Winner: Best Actress Award - Rikita Nandini Shimu
Le Film Festival Atmosphères, France, Winner: l'ADEME Award
Stockholm Film Festival, Sweden, Official Selection
Le Festival International du Film d’Amiens, France, Winner: Jury Prize; Audience Award; CMCAS Award
Asia Pacific Screen Award, Australia, Nomination, Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO
Torino Film Festival, Italy, Winner: PREMIO INTERFEDI
International Film Festival of Kerala, India, Official Selection
African Diaspora International Film Festival, USA, Winner: Audience Award
Rubaiyat Hossain
Assistant Directors
Mahde Hasan, Rajib Rafi
Rubaiyat Hossain, Philippe Barrière
First Assistant Editor
Elodie Rassel
Sabine Lancelin
Art Director
Saddam Khandaker Joy
Graphic Designer
Åsmund Sollihøgda
Mayeen Uddin Rehman, Tin Soheili, Peter Morrison, Tin Soheili
Executive Producers
Aadnan Imtiaz Ahmed, Aung Rakhine
Assistant Producers
Penelope Julie Bruun Bjerregaard, Shariful Islam Shaon
Pedro Borges, Rubaiyat Hossain, Peter Hyldahl
Ashique Mostafa
Production Coordinator
Rebecca Zivohlava
Production Designer
Jonaki Bhattacharya
Production Manager
Damien Grégoire
Sound Recordist
Elisha Albert
Sound Designer
Jacques Pedersen
Assistant Sound Editor
Peter Seeba
Foley Artist
Catrine Le Dous
Dialogue Editor / Foley Recordist
Christian Scheuer
Paolo Da Silva
Camera Operator
Barkat Hossain Polash
Mohamed Rohan
Post-Production Coordinator
Inés Europa Crespo Esteso
Production Coordinator
Rebecca Zivohlava
Sujan Mahmud, Raphaëlle Martin-Holger
Colourist / Post-Production Supervisor
Edoardo Rebecchi
Assistant Editor / Post-Production Assistant
Laura Skiöld Østerud
Location Manager
Robin Shams
Shamim Ahmed
Data Runner
Ruhul Shovo
Production Companies
Les Films de l'Après-Midi, Khona Talkies, Beofilm, Midas Filmes, Cinema Cocoon
About the Director

Rubaiyat Hossain

Rubaiyat Hossain is a filmmaker, writer and interdisciplinary researcher. She has completed her B. A. in Women Studies from Smith College, USA and M. A. in South Asian Studies from University of Pennsylvania, USA. Her primary fields of interest are Sufism, Bengali nationalism, formation of Bengali modernity and its correlation with female sexuality. Rubaiyat Hossain has worked for prominent women’s rights NGOs in Bangladesh such as Ain O Shalish Kendra and Naripokkho. She has worked as a part time lecturer in the department of Economics and Social Sciences at BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh since 2006.

Rubaiyat is one of Bangladesh’s handful of female filmmakers, known for her debut feature film Meherjaan (2011) which faced political and cultural wrath in Bangladesh for its anti-war narrative, and its critic of masculine nationalism from a feminine point of view. Her second feature film Under Construction (2015) premiered at New Directors Showcase at Seattle International Film festival and was theatrically released and well received in Bangladesh. Her third feature film Made in Bangladesh (2019), premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and distributed by Pyramide Films. Rubaiyat uses a feminist lens to deconstruct the otherwise phallocentric institution of cinema.

Currently she lives between Dhaka and New York making films and attending Tisch School of Arts at New York University in Cinema Studies.

(Photo by Christophe Delorme.)

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