Most Americans think very little about causes and effects, especially when it comes to the world of fashion. We buy what we like, and what we believe we need more and more higher end cloths thanks to the endless advertisements and celebrity endorsements that we are brainwash us everyday. We’ve heard random stories about the sweatshops in other countries where some poor worker gets paid two dollars a day for a shirt that costs us twenty dollars. As Americans we don’t pay much attention to them, because it doesn’t effect us personally. In May of 2015 filmmaker Andrew Morgan decided to make a statement we would all listen to with his film ‘The True Cost’, now available for viewing on Netflix. In his documentary not only does he show the impact of our high fashion demands in third world countries, he gives faces to those who slave to make them, while also showing the truth about something very little Americans have known, the impact on our planet.
Andrew Morgan pulls no punches in his film. He goes right for your jugular, and your heart. He educates the viewers in a very harsh and truthful way. Morgan fills his documentary with interviews of many people including professors of psychology, CEO Safia Minney of People Tree, a fair trade fashion brand, Shima a Bangladesh sweatshop worker, Shima’s boss, and even people who believe sweatshops are good because they create jobs for the people who have no alternatives. Andrew Morgan doesn’t set up any of those he interviews, nor does he try to make any one look good or bad. Instead he turns on the camera and lets them speak for themselves. Interviews with Shima, Bangladesh worker and head of the Union, is engaging, emotional, and terrifying. Not only does she share her personal life and life experiences as a clothing maker, but she also shares the horrific effects of demanding better wages from her employers. The stories of the chaos that occurs when workers strike in foreign companies is shown through news stories and the tragedy of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh where an eight story factor collapsed killing over 1000 people. Viewers get a first hand account of he story that seemed important for what seemed like five minutes here is told through a maimed survivor.
Along with the appalling conditions that continue through the sweatshops Andrew Morgan also shows you the effect the current trend of “fast fashion” has on the world we live in. Viewers will be informed and shown the miles of waste and toxic chemicals that cover lands and waters and not just in other countries. Morgan even speaks with cotton farmers and how our chemicals are effecting the lands here in the U.S. Viewers are treated to visual effects on mankind that are hard to shake free.
Andrew Morgan doesn’t lecture in his film, nor does he try to make you feel bad. His motives in this documentary are simply to inform you in the most honest but brutal way possible. He does a fantastic job of organizing the film, and takes you through a very thought provoking and emotional journey. ‘The True Cost’ is a magnificent documentary in the truest form, and does what a documentary is suppose to do, anger you, sadden you, and make you think about yourself and those around you. With facts like the fashion industry being revealed as the 2nd most polluting industry, ‘The True Cost’ is a must see and must shared film that will reveal what kind of person you truly are by what you feel when it ends.