What is the True Cost?

Event: Private film screening – Tuesday, 22 March 2016 from 19:30  at Curzon Victoria

It was the little boy who struggled to walk that I asked about. We were on an Ashram in South India – a sanctuary run by Nobel Prizewinner Kailesh Satyarthi to support children return from slavery back to healthy lives. A long way from the glamour and glitz of seasonal fashion.

Kailesh didn’t look at me to respond. He said to the ground ‘the child was working cross legged on the ground from such a young age, for such long hours, that his bones haven’t developed properly’. The little boy looked up with a bright smile and intelligent eyes and hobbled back to his position as catcher behind the cricket wickets.

The True Cost is a global documentary that explores the fashion industry around the world and examines how products are made. It highlights those who are forgotten about throughout the process. Although great strides have been made to make fashion more responsible, there remain overwhelming problems on care of the environment and clear violations of the most basic human rights.

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.

Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian children’s rights and education advocate and was the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in his efforts against child labour. He has acted to protect the rights of more than 83,000 children and has created organisations like The Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) and the Global March (against child labour).

If you are curious about the potential for the fashion industry to improve – or even to have a restorative impact on the communities it touches. If you are wondering how your clothes are made. If you want to support a very good cause – please do join us or this private screening. Tickets are available here: The True Cost

If you can’t make it but would like to host your own screening, please do get in touch.


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