Film: "The Machinists"

The Machinists is a 2010 documentary that follows the daily lives of workers who make clothes for popular brands like Primark, H&M, and Zara in the garment factories of Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is the first in a series by Rainbow Collective on the subject. Hannan Majid and Richard York founded Rainbow Collective, a documentary production company “formed as a social enterprise and committed to raising awareness on issues of human and children’s rights” in 2006. Avoiding sensationalist storylines, The Machinists focuses on three women garment workers and a union boss who want the fashion industry to stop making a profit at the expense of their workers. (Rainbow Collective, 2010, 52 minutes.)

This program relates to the exhibition Fast Fashion/Slow Art presented at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. It is part of the museum's weekly Textiles at Twelve series, which explores textile arts and global cultures through films, lectures, gallery talks, and more. Free; no reservations required.