In a quick turnaround, and less than two weeks after the Bangladesh High Court banned a film on Rana Plaza, the Supreme Court has lifted the ban, and allowed screening of the film.
Simply called “Rana Plaza,” the movie is about the collapse of the eight-story building in April 2013, in which more than 1,133 workers died, with hundreds of others injured. It focuses on Reshma, one of the workers who was rescued after 17 days, when she was found alive in the rubble. She now works in a five-star hotel. The film focuses on how she survived the collapse of the building and the days that followed, until she was rescued.
In real life, Reshma’s rescue has been controversial — as rumors abound in Dhaka that she was a set up to make the rescuers look good. These have remained as unconfirmed gossip.
The High Court ordered the film banned for six months, starting on August 24. The court contended that the negative portrayal of the garment sector would affect the industry and workers on a longer-term basis. Workers immediately began tearing down movie posters.
The four-member Supreme Court rejected the notion, and put a stay on the High Court’s order. Nazrul Islam Khan, the movie’s director, argued before the jury that the story was one of heroism, not of tragedy, and Shamima Akhter, the producer, said that the film had already been censored and re-cut according to the court prescription.