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‘Made in Bangladesh’ to be premiered in Toronto film festival
DL DESK, Dhaka

‘Made in Bangladesh’ to be premiered in Toronto film festival

A scene from the film ‘Made in Bangladesh’. Photo : courtesy

Award-winning filmmaker Rubaiyat Hossain’s third feature film titled ‘Made in Bangladesh’ is all set to see its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIIF) in Ontario, Canada. The film will be screened under the Contemporary World Cinema category featuring narrative films made by young directors.
The film revolves around Shimu, a young readymade-garment (RMG) factory worker in Dhaka, who gets involved with the workers’ union while facing her husband’s restrictive ideology at home.
In 2012, a fire broke out at Tazreen Fashion Factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 117 workers. On April 2013, the Rana Plaza garment factory building collapsed, and over 1,000 workers lost their lives. As a response to these tragedies, director Rubaiyat Hossain wanted to make a film about the resilience of the young women engaged in the RMG sector.
‘Made in Bangladesh’ narrates the story of an individual young woman who navigates and creates her own synthesis out of the forces of capitalism, leftist politics and Islamisation. Under the banner of Les Films de l’Après-Midi (France) and Khona Talkies (Bangladesh), the film casts Rikita Nandini Shimu, Dipannita Martin, Mayabi Maya, Novera Rahman and Parveen Paru, among others.  
To note, starting out in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals — a ‘festival of festivals’ — the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most beloved cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform for filmmakers to launch their careers and to premiere their new work.
The festival has been described by many as “the most important film festival in the world — the largest, the most influential, the most inclusive.”