The True Cost (2015)
Thursday, February 25
Director: Andrew Morgan
Run time: 92 minutes
This is a story about clothing. It's about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?
Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world's leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.
"We are increasingly disconnected from the people who make our clothing as 97% of items are now made overseas. There are roughly 40 million garment workers in the world today, many of whom do not share the same rights or protections that many people in the West do. They are some of the lowest paid workers in the world, and roughly 85% of all garment workers are women. The human factor of the garment industry is too big to ignore, as we consistently see the exploitation of cheap labor and the violation of workers', women's, and human rights in many developing countries across the world." --Livia Firth, Executive Producer
(Source: Official film site, http://truecostmovie.com/about/)
Charles Kernaghan, Director
Barbara Briggs, Associate Director
Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights
Pittsburgh, PA (World headquarters)