Thursday 9-29-16 MADE IN BANGLADESH-- film showing and discussion

7pm, Thurs, Sept. 29
Film showing and discussion:


On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed killing 1,100 people, injuring thousands more, most of them women who were working in the garment industry, producing clothing for export. The collapse of the building brought international attention, revealing the horrific reality behind the bright clothes marketed and sold everywhere across the U.S. and Europe. Many asked “How could such a tragedy happen?” The incident became emblematic of a world of inequalities. But what will it take to put an end to these global networks of exploitation?

To dig into this we will show the Canadian investigative news program documentary “Made in Bangladesh,” which won an international Emmy Award in 2014. The filmmakers traveled to Bangladesh with a former designer for Walmart, who is appalled to find out the conditions of the people who actually make the clothes he designed. They spoke with women who survived the Rana collapse who tell of the choices that they confronted in going to work in the Rana Plaza factory, and what it was like to be there.  They investigated the causes of the massive building collapse, as well as the conditions in the garment industry in Bangladesh overall which generates 80% of the country’s total export revenue.

What screams out is that the clothes we wear are soaked with the blood of the women, and children, who produce them.  And this is only one piece of a whole world of oppression under capitalism.

We will also screen an excerpt from “BA Speaks: Revolution – Nothing Less”, a film of a speech by Bob Avakian, the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party.  We will show the portion subtitled: “The Oppression of Women: Bound Up With This System...A Driving Force for Revolution” where Avakian starts with the fact that in this world a big part of the necessities of life are produced under conditions like those faced by the women in Bangladesh, and then lays bare how deeply intertwined the oppression of women is with all of the oppressive relations of capitalism, and how only the most radical revolution in human history can put an end to it.

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