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Mass E Bhat tells the story of one young man’s struggle to grow up and achieve his goals in modern Bangladesh as the film interweaves his story with that of a variety of others in similar circumstances. As we follow the 20 year old Nasir, now a social worker in the slums, he reflects on his life, from childhood in a rural village and his family’s migration to the city, through his early years working in the rubbish dumps and sweatshops, and finally to how he has achieved his dream of an education and respect within his community. As Nasir recounts his life’s story, we meet a series of children, parents and employers, who mirror his past but are all real people in the country's present. Mass E Bhat is a feature-length documentary
directed by Hannan Majid and Richard North. The film provides an intimate portrait of a side of 21st century capitalist economic globalization that many in ‘The First World’ never encounter. Among the world’s poorest countries, Bangladesh is also one of the fastest developing. As 7.9 million children across the country work every day to support themselves
and their families, mass migration from the villages swells the numbers in urban slums and factories. As it continues its industrial revolution, Bangladesh is, in many ways, a perfect example of what we today commonly refer to as a ‘developing nation’. Mass e Bhat explores this shifting society while concentrating upon the perspectives of its children. In the slums,
villages, factories and streets, we see a generation forced to grow up fast and at an incredibly early age.

Sponsored by United Faculty and Academic Staff of UW-Eau Claire, AFT Local 6481; The UW-Eau Claire Departments of English and Sociology and UW-Eau Claire Students Organizing for Community Action. All screenings will take place Wednesday evenings in Woodland Theater on the Campus of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Starting at 7:30 pm.

Admission is free of charge. Discussion will follow screenings.

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March 13, 2019 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Woodland Theater, Davies Center