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If Japan is 15, Bangladesh’s ‘Shimu’

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.

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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 theaters of Japan.
Recently, there was an inaugural show of the movie, where the director Rubaiyat Hossain answered various questions of the viewers by virtually joining.

Rubaiyat Hossain said that in the light of the role of garment industry in empowering women and achieving self-reliance in Bangladesh, the film ‘Shimu’ or ‘Made in Bangladesh’ is about the struggle and success of determined women garment workers.

Apart from Rubaiyat Hossain, most of the main actors in the film are women. The role of women in the release of the film was also worth mentioning in Japan. The head of the Japanese distributor Pen-Dora is a woman, as well as the Japanese subtitles of the film by a group of female students from Osaka Oman University.

The film, on the other hand, was screened at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival after its world premiere 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 the title ‘Made in Bangladesh’. 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.

Shimu, produced under the banner of Khana Talkies in Bangladesh and La Films The Express-Midi in France, is produced by Frasonia Daktema and Ashiq Mostafa, and co-produced by Peter Hildal, Pedro Borges, Adnan Imtiaz Ahmed and Rubaiyat Hossain. And the distribution and international sales representative of the film is Pyramid Films of France.

The film stars Rikita Nandini Shimu, Novera Rahman, Dipanbita Martin, Parveen Paru, Mayabi Maya, Mostafa Monwar, Shatabdi Wadud, Jayaraj, Momena Chowdhury, Wahida Mallick Jolly and Samina Lutfa in different roles. Mita Chowdhury and Shahana Goswami from India have acted in two guest roles.

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