The True Cost: An important film everyone must watch
The feature film-length documentary about how fashion has turned on our planet and on our people for the worse
Have you ever thought about who is making the clothes you buy? That someone is sitting at a sewing machine and stitching together every seam that lines your shirt; that the cotton it is made from was harvested by someone and spun to make fabric by another? It’s actually really easy not to consider.
The True Cost is a feature film-length documentary about the people that make the majority of the world’s clothes, what is involved and what they’re lives are like as a result. It is a confronting and necessary eye-opener, and I’ve been telling everyone I know to see it.
Funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign and released in May 2015, The True Cost documents a variety of people from a variety of places who are impacted by the many facets of the fashion industry—and in some ways, the vast majority of people might not have ever come into contact with before now. It is honest and thought-provoking and is supported by interviews with some of the world’s leading influencers including Livia Firth, Stella McCartney, Safia Minney and Vandana Shiva.
Director Andrew Morgan didn’t come from a design or fashion background but was taken aback when he saw an image on the cover of the New York Times the day after the collapse of Rana Plaza that occurred in India in 2013, killing over 1,130 people. This wasn’t the only devastating and life-threatening incident to have occurred in recent times, and Andrew set out to explore why this was happening; uncertain why he hadn’t considered how his clothes were made prior. It urged him to seek answers.
Morgan stresses that the film was not made to be a guilt trip but as a statement to communicate that as wearers and buyers of clothing, the lives that make these garments matter and need a voice. The True Cost is a film every single person, particularly in the Western world, needs to watch. It is powerful, emotional, and will have you asking plenty of questions.
The True Cost is available to watch on Netflix, VHX, iTunes, Amazon, DVD and Blu-Ray. See truecostmovie.com for more information.