‘Life nor Germ’ A Shakor Ahmed & Valerie Knill film is based on #RanaPlaza collapsed on 24th April 2013 where 1,134 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured. #Bangladesh.
The 2013 Savar building collapse or Rana Plaza collapse was a structural failure that occurred on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 in the Savar Upazila of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where an eight-story commercial building named Rana Plaza collapsed. The search for the dead ended on May 13th, 2013 with a death toll of 1,129. Approximately 2,500 injured people were rescued from the building alive. It is considered the deadliest garment-factory accident in history, as well as the deadliest accidental structural failure in modern human history. The building contained clothing factories, a bank, apartments, and several shops. The shops and the bank on the lower floors immediately closed after cracks were discovered in the building. The building’s owners ignored warnings about the danger of a collapse of the building after cracks had appeared the day before. Garment workers were ordered to return the following day, and the building collapsed during the morning rush-hour.
Three year after the incident there are people who are able to get another chance at life, some of them were hospitalized for 3-4 months. During that time the workers couldn’t earn for their families nor could they find another job, although some factories came forward and offered work. There were many people who lost their hands, legs or both and faced the most miserable situations. Many of these people until now are either too physically injured or mentally traumatized and therefore cannot work. Sometimes even the noise from the street tears them apart. The fear is deeply rooted in them. Still they feel nervous when they see large factories like Rana Plaza. Not just the fear of death; but also they worry what will happen to their family members and how they will survive after this tragedy. The suffering still goes on. Many of the seriously injured people did not get their entitled insurance or compensation. There is still no assurance of getting the money up till now.
“The Rana Plaza incident proves that human rights are still being abused. It is time to stand up for those laborers who are working for us. Therefore it is important to tell the story of Rana Plaza. People should not forget about this accident and the workers who made this sacrifice for our beautiful clothing. Here we found much negligence of the management and shady deals from the buyers. In this case the buyers and the owner were primarily thinking about their own interests. The buyers want high quality products at very low prices. The owner wants as many deals as possible. He insures high growth of his profit margin but neglects to ensure labor safety. The paper work goes smoothly as they do their deal. The laborers who make the clothing get almost nothing in return. Rana Plaza not only represents the laborers of Bangladesh, it represents the distress of the workers and laborers all around the world. It is time to encourage people to think about the laborers who make beautiful clothes for them. Throughout our movie we will make sure that every owner, buyer and fashion lover can understand the deeper meaning of the Rana Plaza incident. According to us, the meaning of the incident is that we have to Insure labor safety” Shakor Ahmed said.