The Rainbow Collective: powerful films from the garment worker frontline

When the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in 2013 killing 1,135 people, for a moment the world seemed to care about ethical clothing. But before we showed any sympathy, documentary production company ‘The Rainbow Collective’ were there and well after the media gaze drifted they continue to be a voice for garment workers around the world.

Founded by Hannan Majid and Richard York and the duo have been shooting, directing and producing documentaries in South Africa, Bangladesh, Iraq and the UK, for ever ten years and in that time haver built a reputation for creating documentaries that focused on children’s and human rights issues. And in addition they have also provided training in these areas for some of the most deprived people and children -  resulting in work shot and directed by garment workers and films written, animated and directed by 8-12 year old children of garment workers and domestic workers in Bangladesh.

In 2014 the duo launched ‘Films For Food’ at Richmix cinema in London screening 'Mass E Bhat' in exchange for food donations for Tower Hamlets food bank. The concept’s success has seen the events become a regular outing with the next one due on 29 November (screening feature documentary 'Generation Revolution' followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers). Initiatives like this and their track record prove The Rainbow Collective are the doers. So if like me your engagement with garments works extends as far as a pair of nudie jeans on sale this is an organisation you should be supporting.