Film: "Tears in the Fabric"

After the Rana Plaza tragedy, documentary filmmakers Hannan Majid and Richard York of Rainbow Collective return to Bangladesh to make their second film on the plight of garment workers. Tears in the Fabric observes the toll of the factory’s collapse on one woman. Razia Begum lost both her daughters and her son-in-law in Rana Plaza and now struggles to care for her two surviving orphaned grandsons. In addition to the enormous personal loss, the tragedy rendered Begum and her grandsons homeless—the result of losing her family's livelihood. Rainbow Collective is a documentary production company “formed as a social enterprise and committed to raising awareness on issues of human and children’s rights” in 2006. (Rainbow Collective, 2014, 30 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.