Bangladesh Lifts Ban on a Controversial Movie About Its Garment Industry
A garment worker's rescue from the rubble of a Bangladeshi factory collapse in 2013 offered a Hollywood ending to one of the world's worst industrial disasters.
But when a local filmmaker decided to make a movie based on the miraculous survival story, a court banned its release in Bangladesh last month on the premise that it could negatively affect the country's labor force.
On Sunday, a panel of four judges had a change of heart and agreed to lift the restriction, according to The Associated Press. The reversal came at the insistence of the movie's producer, Shamima Akhter, who reasoned that Rana Plaza—named after the now infamous factory—had already been approved by Bangladesh's Film Censor Board. At the time, Akhter had agreed to delete several scenes that the censors considered too graphic. The Rana Plaza collapse claimed more than 1,000 lives and injured 2,500 others, raising international outcry over workers' safety.