Made In Bangladesh / Feature Drama / 95 min / Bengali / 2019 / Bangladesh-France-Denmark-Portugal


“This is a story of the women who make our jeans and T-shirts, told as a moving, suspenseful tale not simply of exploitation, but also of empowerment.”

Cameron Bailey / TIFF19

“An earnest if sometimes schematic portrait of social rebellion...definitely deserves wider attention.”

Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter/ TIFF19


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.


Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
BFI London Film Festival, UK
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
Film Fra Sør Norway
Arras Film Festival France
Festival du Film de Muret France
Festival du Film de Sarlat France
Festival du film Art et Essai France
CPH PIX Denmark
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
International Film Festival of Kerala, India
African Diaspora International FF USA
[Winner: Audience Award]
Tromsø International Film Festival
[Winner: The Norwegian Peace Film Award]
Palm Spring International FF, USA
Tournai Ramdam Festival, Belgium
Human Rights Watch FF - Closing Film, 30 Jan - 4 Feb 2020, Toronto, Canada
Human Rights Weekend - 6 - 8 Feb 2020, Amsterdam, Netherland
International Female Film Festival Malmö - 12-15 Feb 2020, Sweden
Screening @ United Nations Association of NY - 13 Feb 2020, USA
Swedish Human Rights FF - 17-21 Feb 2020, Sweden
Stockholm Feminist FF - 26 Feb - 1 March 2020, Sweden
Osaka Asian Film Festival 6-15 March 2020, Osaka, Japan
Human Rights Watch FF - Closing Gala, 12-20 March 2020, London, UK
Red Sea Film Festival - 12-21 March 2020, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Rubaiyat Hossain

writer, director, producer


Rubaiyat Hossain 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 Under Construction premiered at New Directors Showcase at Seattle International Film festival and was theatrically released and well received in Bangladesh in 2016. Hossain 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.

Meherjaan, 2011
Under Construction, 2015
Made In Bangladesh, 2019

"Film on Bangladesh's garment workers spotlights women driving change"

"Director Rubaiyat Hossain’s film takes an empathetic and
methodical look at the act of upsetting this power structure
from the ground level"
Andrew Swafford, Cinematary

“a vision of feminist solidarity
in the face of overwhelming opposition"

Dana Reinoos, cinema scope

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