The True Cost is a documentary about the fashion industry around the world, examining where we are (including the mind-blowing fact that we have seen a 500% increase in clothing consumption in the past two decades), how we got here (including how the U.S. went from producing over 90% of its clothing in the 1960s to just 3% today), and how we can create a better future moving forward.
Internationally recognized Director, Andrew Morgan begins this documentary by showing the horrifying Bangladeshi sweatshops where the three worst disasters in the history of the global fashion industry happened within the same year killing in total over 1,500 people. Arif Jebtik, a Bangladesh garment factory owner inquires, “It’s the 21st Century, a global world we’re living. We just ignore other people’s lives. How come?”
Morgan introduces audiences to the surprising human and environmental impacts of the global fashion industry. He exposes how fertilizers pesticides, genetically modified cotton, and chemical dyes contribute to the unsustainable growing toll on the environment.
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? Garment factory workers are killed, maimed, beaten while bringing “fast fashion” to malls across America. There are approximately 40 million garment factory workers and 85% of these workers are women, making $2.00 a day. This gives new meaning being a “slave to fashion”.
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.
The True Cost opens in theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and London on May 29th. It’ll also be released on iTunes/VOD and DVD/Blu-ray on the same date.
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