Director: Andrew Morgan | Countries of production: United States | Year: 2015 | Length: 89 min
Language: English with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Screened as part of TOAFF16

What is the price of fast fashion? This urgent wake-up call provides a shocking overview of the consequences of our addiction to cheap, disposable clothing.

Through its investigations across the globe, from the garment factories of Bangladesh to the cotton fields of India, The True Cost evidences a reality of exploitation, ecological destruction and health disasters that would make anyone question the true cost of our bargains.

Not content with destroying the planet through its manufacturing process, fast fashion is also clogging landfills and destroying local clothing industries in emerging economies. Where does responsibility lie? With the garment factory owners, cracking down on their workers’ requests for higher wages and improved working conditions? With the retailers that keep squeezing costs down – or the consumers? The solutions are complex and multifaceted; what is clear is that they are urgently needed – and that we all have a role to play.

Under the gentle, humane investigations of its director, what emerges most strongly is a portrait of exploitation that ought to make us more nauseated than elated over those $20 jeans.
The New York Times

…they have joined the dots between fashion, consumerism, capitalism and structural poverty and oppression…let the story absorb you, transport you and take you under. Engaging with the ugly side of fashion will lead to changing it.
The Guardian

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