The Bangladeshi court has delayed the release of a new film about the Rana Plaza incident in April 2013, when a factory collapsed killing over 1000 workers. The film, simply called “Rana Plaza”, documents the life of factory worker Reshma Begum, who was trapped between the rubble for 17 days before being discovered.
A high court decision has meant that the film will been banned in the country for at least six months, and is deemed unsuitable to play unless the film’s director Nazrul Islam Khan edits the negative portrayal shown in the movie to show hope and transparency within the Bangladeshi garment industry.
The Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh was an illegally built sweat shop, where the owner was notified about its crumbling conditions, yet chose to ignore the warning signs after it was declared unsafe. There were a number of safety violations, including fire exits being permanently unaccessible, and the five storey building finally collapsed on 24th april 2013, resulting in the death of 1,135 of its workers.
Reshma’s incredible story of survival is recorded in the film, as she explains that she only managed to survive being trapped in the rubble as she was in a space where dried food and bottled water was accessible. Unfortunately, the Bangladeshi Government are in no hurry to show the real side of factory life – but Rana Plaza isn’t supposed to be a glossy blockbuster with a fairytale ending, and it’s time people were exposed to the truth.