Garment Workers Rehearsal- Second Night of Ramadan

The woman on the right is being comforted after losing her baby

Last night I went to a rehearsal for a play by young woman garment workers. Bangladesh is a major supplier of clothes to the USA and other parts of the world. There are hundreds of factories (huge six floor building) through out Dhaka alone. The young woman were being directed (he called himself a facilitator) by a young professor of drama from Dhaka University. One of the young men translated the plot- real stories from the workers lives that also includes a dialogue with the audience at the end of the play. The director had just picked up a copy of “The Vagina Dialogues” earlier in the day and was also reading Franz Fanon’s “Black Skin, White Masks.”

After rehearsal, they invited me to stay and break fast with them.  We ate special food for Ramadon called Iftar- deep fried snacks and very sweet cakes- on newspapers spread out on the floor  Big thanks to my photographer friend Saiful Haq Omi and Anis for the invite. Their organization Counter Foto is sponsoring the performance and I plan to see how it all comes together.


3 thoughts on “Garment Workers Rehearsal- Second Night of Ramadan

  1. Geoffrey Hiller Post author

    I feel great. Wish I could say the same for some of the women in the photos. Two days ago I went to some of their homes – rooms would be a more accurate description. They are so young but already have families and live four or five to a room – not much larger then the bed that they all sleep on. It was some of the most extreme poverty I have ever seen.


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