16:30 Biograf Panora

Director Rubaiyat Hossai Country Bangladesh, France, Denmark, Portugal Year 2019 Runtime 95 min Genre Drama Language Bengali, English Subtitles English

With Rubaiyat Hossain’s third feature she continue to champion women empowerment. This is a story of the exploitation of the women who make our clothes, but also of their road towards empowerment.

Shimu fled her village as a child when her stepmother threatened to marry her off to a middle-aged man. Now 23 and living in the capital, she works gruelling hours for paltry sums at a textile factory while her husband searches for work. When a fire in the factory results in the death of a co-worker, Shimu is approached by a union advocate who provides her with a crash course in women workers’ rights — and the tools to enforce them.

Shimu’s attempt to unionize her workplace is met with resistance at every turn. But 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.

Screening films made by female directors since 2006