Film Analysis: The Rana Plaza

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Lastly, society should be encouraged to purchase Fair Trade to improve working conditions. The Rana Plaza was a large textile factory for clothing, and on April 24, 2013, it collapsed. In the film Fashion Victims it states, “The Rana Plaza building rubble buried thousands; over 1000 died, over 100 had limbs amputated” (Fashion Victims). These were men and women that were not given an option on whether or not to come to work, even though they all could see how dangerous the building was. The day before the Rana Plaza collapsed, cracks appeared on the third floor of the building, and it was evacuated for the afternoon. That day, the owner of the building went on television to stress that the building was safe, and the next day, the garment…show more content…
When the building collapsed on them, it should not have been as big of surprise as it ended up being. The building was structurally unsound and the owner knew this, but garment factories can not afford to go out of business for even a day. They earn extremely little money to start with, so any missed days takes a large toll on the owners of these factories. Most people would think that after the tragedy of the Rana Plaza, other textile factories would have higher standards, but sadly, this is not the case. In the film The Cost of Cloth: Ethical Textiles it describes a regular textile factory found today. Each one of the floors of the five story building is expected to produce more than 20,000 articles of clothing a day. They have few standards for safety within these factories (The Cost of Cloth: Ethical Textiles). With these low standards, the chance of a disaster similar to the Rana Plaza happening again is extremely likely. The workers within these factories go in everyday with a constant fear that they are going to become physically hurt. The buildings themselves are dangerous, but that is just a contributor to their already over demanding treacherous
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