Distributor:  Global Environmental Justice
Length:  92 minutes
Date:  2015
Genre:  Expository
Language:  Bengali; English / English subtitles
Grade level: Viewer Advisory: Includes footage of injured and dead due to collapse of garment factory.
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
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The True Cost

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An investigative look into the environmental costs of the fast fashion industry, from production—and the life of low wage workers in developing countries—to its after-effects such as river and soil pollution, pesticide contamination, disease and death.

The True Cost

Investigation of fast fashion reveals that while the price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. It discusses several aspects of the garment industry from production—mainly exploring the life of low wage workers in developing countries—to its after-effects such as river and soil pollution, pesticide contamination, disease and death. Includes interviews with activists and workers. Includes a take action campaign.

Website summary: 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.

"This is the very best of all the documentaries I have seen about the fashion industry...The filmmakers show how clothing companies waste the lives of young women in the 'third world.' Their greed also threatens the 'first world' in a way that ultimately threatens the planet. This is a film you must see!" -- Ellen Rosen, Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, Author, Making Sweatshops: The Globalization of the U.S. Apparel Industry


Main credits

Morgan, Andrew (screenwriter)
Morgan, Andrew (film director)
Morgan, Andrew (narrator)
Ross, Michael (film producer)
Ross, Michael (film editor)
Siegle, Lucy (interviewee)

Other credits

Original music, Duncan Blickenstaff; editor, Michael Ross.

Distributor credits

Michael Ross

Andrew Morgan

Director – Andrew Morgan
Producer – Michael Ross
Executive Producer – Lucy Siegle, Livia Firth, Vincent Vittorio, Christopher L. Harvey
Associate Producer – Laura Piety

Docuseek subjects

Environmental Justice
North American Studies
Toxic Chemicals
Environmental Health
Illness, Disease and Disorders
Americas, The
Toxic Waste
Working Conditions
Occupational Health and Safety
Corporate Social Responsibility
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
Human Rights
Race and Racism
Global / International Studies
Communication and Media Studies
Journalism and the Press
Media Literacy
Environmental Education
South Asia
United States
Asian Studies

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
Corporate Social Responsibility
Labour Studies
Occupational Health and Safety
Trade Unions
United States


Capitalism, Consumerism, clothing, Conscious Consumer, Eco- fashion, Eco-friendly, fashion, Environmental Sustainability, "Fast Fashion", garment industry, Labor Rights, Labor Unions; "The True Cost "; Global Environmental Justice

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