I wrote briefly about The True Cost a few weeks ago, and it opened in theaters and different streaming platforms Friday. We purchased the film and watched it Friday night, and overall, I enjoyed it. Director Andrew Morgan takes a close look at the stories behind fast fashion, which has become the mainstream source of clothing these days, and examines the issues at the core of the fashion industry. The building collapse at Rana Plaza features heavily in the film, and Morgan follows one young woman who must choose between raising her daughter and earning enough money to survive while working in a garment factory. The movie definitely pulls at your heartstrings, and it’s a great starting place if you’d like to learn the dirty truth behind the worldwide fashion industry.
Morgan relies on experts including Livia Firth, the founder of Eco-Age, a consulting firm that “manages ethics and aesthetics” (her husband, Colin Firth, is a partner), to address the human rights and environmental issues at stake. Firth, shown in one memorable scene at last year’s Copenhagen Fashion Summit, literally grills H&M’s director of sustainability. (You can see it here, beginning around 23:00.) Morgan also follows Safia Minney, the founder of U.K.-based People Tree, as she works with her suppliers and artisans in different countries. Several economists, as well as organic cotton farmers, factory owners, and doctors are interviewed, and the film succeeds at defining the problems within the industry.
Read the rest of the review on Walking with Cake.