Bangladesh’s ‘Shimu’ is being screened in 15 cinema halls in Okinawan from Hokkaido, including Tokyo, Japan. Pen-Dora is in charge of serving in Japan. Although the film was earlier released in Bangladesh after the film was acclaimed in the country, this time, Rubaiyat Hossain’s film was released in the theatres of Japan.
Recently, there was an inaugural show of the movie, where the director Rubaiyat Hossain answered various viewers’ questions by virtually joining. Rubaiyat Hossain said the garment industry has a role in empowering women and achieving self-reliance in Bangladesh. The film ‘Shimu’ or ‘Made in Bangladesh’ is about the struggle and success of women garment workers.
Apart from Rubaiyat Hossain, most of the main actors in the film are women. The role of women in the film’s release was also worth mentioning in Japan. The head of the Japanese distributor Pen-Dora is a woman. The film was also subtitled in Japanese by a group of female students from Osaka Oman University.
After its world premiere at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival, the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Apart from this, movies have been acclaimed and awarded in various international film festivals. The film was released commercially in December 2019 in various cinemas in France, Denmark, Canada and Portugal under ‘Made in Bangladesh’. In addition, the film will be screened commercially in cinemas in Mexico, China, Singapore, Australia, Turkey and Germany.
The film was released in Bangladesh on March 11. The film’s distribution and international sales representative is Pyramid Films of France.
The actors in this movie are Rikita Nandini Shimu, Novera Rahman, Dipanbita Martin, Parveen Paru, Mayabi Maya, Mostafa Monwar, and Shatabdi Wadud, Jayaraj, Momena Chowdhury, Wahida Mallick Jolly and Samina Lutfa among others have acted in this movie. In addition, Mita Chowdhury and Shahana Goswami from India have acted in two guest roles.