Workers Unite Film Festival at DRUM: Udita & Nari Shongothok

Worker’s Unite Film Festival and DRUM are partnering to screen 2 films highlighting women worker’s organanizing, from the U.S. to South Asia! We will be joined by DRUM Worker-Leaders who led the garment worker solidarity campaign after the Rana Plaza and Tazreen factory fires, and will speak about their experiences as working-class South Asian women organizers.

When: Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM in EDT
Where: DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving
72-18 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights, New York 11372

Documenting five turbulent years in the lives of the women who are at the grass roots of the garment workers struggle in Bangladesh. In their own words, they decribe how the factory owners live lavishly while the workers live like beggars. Garment workers live in run-down rooms in the slums where many have to share a communal bathroom and most sleep on the floor. Their salaries are barely enough to pay bills and afford food. Organizing a union to protect the over four million garment workers in the workplace led to punishment through beatings, sacking, and arrests. The 2013 tragedies of Tazreen and Rana Plaza, in which thousands of innocent lives were lost, lead up to the present day where the long fight continues. The film analyzes this period of time through the stories that are shared by the unions’ members, workers and leaders.

Nari Shongothok
Naree Shongothok/Women Organizers is a project of Law@theMargins, an innovative platform focused on law and organizing. It features the work of five Bangladeshi women organizers in New York City. Through this video, they hope to raise funds to support the organizing work of Bangladeshi working class women here in NYC and also to cultivate women’s leadership of in Bangladesh.

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