Sramik Awaaz: Workers Voices screening
Venue: Palace Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins St Melbourne
Bangladesh's garment industry has received increased international scrutiny since the collapse of the Rana Plaza building on April 24, 2013. With over 1100 casualties, this was the worst single incident in the history of the garment industry. But it is far from the only instance in a global industry in which fashion manufacturers' and retailers' race to the bottom means seeking out the lowest costs and quickest turnarounds, leading to the lowest wages, worst worker rights and most dangerous factory conditions.
Responses to the Rana Plaza collapse have focused on factory safety, but have not embraced workers' rights to organise and fight for better conditions. Workers' voices are usually not heard in strategies for achieving labour rights.
Sramik Awaaz: Workers Voices is a crowd-funded documentary that explores the lives, work and organising efforts of Bangladesh's garment workers. Through interviews carried out in 2014 and 2015, the film chronicles the experiences of female garment workers at home, in the factory, and in their struggle for rights.
It is the first documentary produced by Law@TheMargins, a not-for-profit media and legal advocacy organisation. To watch the trailer for the film, click here. You can also visit the Facebook event page here.
This event is organised by Dr Rimi Khan, a MAEVe and Melbourne Social Equity Institute seed funding recipient. Rimi's research project is entitled The Role of ethical fashion in preventing violence against women in Bangladesh.
Funds raised from the night will be donated to Law@TheMargins to help with worker organising in Bangladesh.