Film Screening at Williams College Examines the Clothing Industry’s Global Impact

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., January 17, 2020—The Davis Center at Williams College presents the film The True Cost, a documentary that reconfigures our understanding of the clothing industry’s impact on the world. The film is free and open to the public and will be shown on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Paresky Auditorium. The screening will be followed by a facilitator-led discussion. Tickets are not required.

In The True Cost, internationally recognized filmmaker Andrew Morgan reveals the story behind the clothing we wear and the people who make them. As the price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, the human and environmental costs have grown: low-wage workers are regularly exploited and pollution and contamination have become inevitable byproducts of the fast fashion industry. The film asks consumers to reconsider who really pays the price for our clothing.

Filmed in 13 countries around the world, the documentary links the garment industry to consumerism, capitalism, and globalization and the inextricable ties between fashion and structural oppression. It features interviews from the world’s leading influencers in fashion production and sustainability activism, including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, and Vandana Shiva. From the runways to the slums, The True Cost takes viewers into the lives and minds of the people and places behind our clothes.

The film is the fifth in the Davis Center’s monthly film series during the 2019-20 academic year that aims to broaden understanding and deepen appreciation of social change. Each month, the series will highlight a mainstream or independent film that speaks to issues across various dimensions of diversity, such as ideology, social identity, injustice, prejudice, and discrimination.

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