After a fire in a Bangladesh garment factory kills one of their coworkers, a group of women, led by 23-year-old Shimu Akhtar (Rikita Nandini Shimu), seek to unionize. Bangladeshi director Rubaiyat Hossain’s third feature, cowritten by she and Philippe Barrière, has been called a modern-day Norma Rae (1979). While similar, this story feels more urgent as it considers the livelihoods of women in especially precarious positions. In addition to problems on the job, Shimu and the other women contend with issues at home and in society at large. Shimu ran away to Dhaka as a preteen when her stepmother tried to marry her off to an older man; she’s now married and seemingly in love with her young husband, though he’s reluctant to get a job and eventually becomes jealous of Shimu’s ambition. Shimu, who pursues reform after she connects with a workers’ rights advocate, is an extraordinary character, and Rikita Nandini Shimu is excellent in the role—she manages to convey a deep-seated world-weariness that can be difficult to perform. As it documents how the women organize a union and fight exploitative working conditions, it’s fascinating; as it details the relationships between them and the emotional upheaval they experience on a regular basis, it’s deeply affecting. Hossain’s cinematic sensibility heightens all this. In Bengali with subtitles.