In 2013 Yasmin Khatun launched an unprecedented series, “Bangladesh in Crisis,” which followed events focused on the South Asian country’s International Crimes Tribunal and political crisis. In the wake of a factory collapse in April 2013, the series explored the nation’s garments industry. “Slave Industry: A year on from Rana Plaza” was a follow up documentary to critically acclaimed “Bangladesh in Crisis” special report: “Ethical Fashion” (Part 1 & Part 2).
“Slave Industry: A year on from Rana Plaza” has been shortlisted for ‘International investigative documentary television’ of the year at the Association of International Broadcasting Awards. The annual international awards, now in their tenth year, select the best factual content across TV, radio and online. This nomination comes as the international broadcaster behind the documentary, Islam Channel, celebrates its 10th year. The AIB looked at work from more than 30 countries to create the shortlist, with the final list now being judged. The feature documentary, which aired in April, was reported and produced by journalist Yasmin Khatun, who has been with the Islam Channel since 2012.
The documentary looks at the Rana Plaza factory collapse a year after the disaster, with Khatun investigating whether anything has changed. She also questions what Islam says about the ethics of labor and fashion. The documentary features exclusive interviews US based theologian Dr. Yasir Qadhi and former British Minister for International Development RT Hon Alan Duncan MP.
It’s amazing to have been shortlisted for the award and bring attention to a cause we very often neglect. My intention behind producing the documentary was to highlight why it’s an important cause, bring to attention those who suffer as a result of fast fashion and present that being ‘ethical’ is a wholly Islamic issue. —Yasmin Khatun, Journalist & producer
Other shortlisted documentaries include “Dispatches: How to fix a Football Match” – Channel 4 Television, “Our World: Iran’s secret army” – BBC News & Current Affairs, “Our World: Saudi’s secret uprising” – BBC News & Current Affairs, “Return to Benghazi” – CNN and “Worked to Death in Qatar” – France 24. The winners will be announced at aNovember ceremony in London.
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