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The True Cost (2015)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Drama, News | 29 May 2015 (USA)
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The True Cost is a documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet.


Andrew Morgan


Andrew Morgan
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Credited cast:
Livia Giuggioli ... Self (as Livia Firth)
Stella McCartney ... Self
Richard Wolff Richard Wolff ... Self
Vandana Shiva ... Self
Lucy Siegle Lucy Siegle ... Self
Pritpal Singh Pritpal Singh ... Self
Safia Minney Safia Minney ... Self
Kate Ball-Young Kate Ball-Young ... Self
Rakesh Jaiswal Rakesh Jaiswal ... Self
LaRhea Pepper LaRhea Pepper ... Self
Shima Akhter Shima Akhter ... Self
Orsola De Castro Orsola De Castro ... Self
Mike Schragger Mike Schragger ... Self
Arif Jebtik Arif Jebtik ... Self
Sam Rainsy Sam Rainsy ... Self


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?

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Passionate and compassionate account of fast fashion's social and environmental impacts
2 October 2018 | by bradley_flamm22See all my reviews

The True Cost documents filmmaker Andrew Morgan's efforts to understand the world of fast fashion (with it's "fifty two seasons a year" marked by $5 shirts and $20 pairs of jeans), a world that's only existed for a few decades and has had enormous impacts on people's lives in both high- and low-income economies. It's a well-traveled and wide-ranging film, sometimes so much so that you get a bit lost for it's jumping from one place to another. But the economic systems that connect garment workers in countries like Bangladesh and Cambodia to North American, European, and Asian consumers are complicated, often intentionally obscure, and they affect people and ecosystems all over the globe, so the film's wide angle view makes sense. To covers so much means that the film sometimes jumps quickly from topic to topic, without digging very deeply into any one issue for long (towards the end of the film, for example, its critique of consumerist / materialist capitalism follows logically from all we've seen, but the discussion can't do justice to the complexity of the questions posed). But for a documentary meant to introduce the topic, that's a reasonable directorial choice to make. Beautifully filmed, with passionate, informed, and compassionate interviewees, The True Cost is worth watching.

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