'Shimu Made in Bangladesh' released in Japan
Tokyo, April 18: Rubaiyat Hossain directed film 'Shimu Made in Bangladesh' has been released in Japan. It is being screened in 15 movie theaters in Japan, all the way from Hokkaido to Okinawa, including the capital Tokyo. Pandora has been assigned for distribution of the movie in Japan.
The inaugural show of 'Shimu' was held in Japan on Saturday (April 16). Director Rubaiyat Hossain answered various questions of the audience by joining the event virtually.
She 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 director Rubaiyat Hossain, most of the leading 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 Pandora is headead by women, and the film was subtitled in Japanese by a group of female students at Osaka Women's University.
Earlier, after the world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, 'Shimu' was screened at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival. The film has also been acclaimed and awarded at various international film festivals.
The movie was released commercially in December 2019 in various movie theatres in France, Denmark, Canada and Portugal under the name 'Made in Bangladesh'. It was then shown commercially in cinemas in Mexico, China, Singapore, Australia, Turkey and Germany after its release in the United States. The movie was released in Bangladesh on March 11.
Rikita Nandini Shimu, Novera Rahman, Deepanita Martin, Parvin Paru, Mayabi Maya, Mostafa Monwar, Shatabdi Wadud, Jayraj, Momena Chowdhury, Wahida Mullick Jolly, Samina Lutfa etc. have acted in the movie 'Shimu' made under the banner of Khana Talkies of Bangladesh and Les Films de l'Après-Midi of France. The film is produced by François D'artemare and Ashiq Mostafa and co-produced by Peter Hildal, Pedro Borges, Adnan Imtiaz Ahmed and Rubaiyat Hossain.