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The True Cost – Another HRAFF 2016 Sneak Peek!

We’re letting another one slip – yes we just couldn’t keep it in! This highlight of the 2016 film program takes us into the world of fashion.

The True Cost is a story about clothing: the clothing we wear, the people who make it, and the impact the industry is having on our world. This documentary directed by Andrew Morgan, 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, featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers, including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva.

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“In reality, this evil machine is exploiting everyone and everything: the consumer, the planet’s resources and the people who produce them. Each year across the world, 1.5 billion garments are sewn by an estimated 40 million people, working in 250,000 factories. These are predominantly made in countries described by the UN as the world’s least developed. All in all, the garment and textile industry is estimated to be worth some $3 trillion. And the bulk of that goes into the pockets of the owners of those fast fashion brands.”

 – Livia Firth, Creative Director of Eco-Age and Executive Producer on The True Cost.

The impact of the apparel industry on human rights and the environment that is revealed in The True Cost will make us all look twice at our own shopping practices. These are important home truths that need to raised.

HRAFF patron Isabel Lucas has already declared her interest in this groundbreaking documentary.

Congratulations to the @humanrightsfest committee for putting together a diverse and exciting new programme for the 2016 festival. It’s an honor to be supporting this film festival. The mixture of documentary and narrative films with a human rights focus offers numerous fascinating and relevant films. I’m interested to see ‘The True Cost’. Juxtaposing the fashion industry with the poor working conditions of the people in developing countries who create the garments is definitely a story that needs to be told. It won’t be easy viewing and I hope it will change our way of how we select our clothing. We need to support innovative designers who use sustainable materials and treat the workers who make them into outfits with dignity and fairness. Art regram @thebesociety – @humanrightsfest #humanrights #filmfestival #educateyourself #documentary #2016

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“It won’t be easy viewing and I hope it will change our way of how we select our clothing. We need to support innovative designers who use sustainable materials and treat the workers who make them into outfits with dignity and fairness.”

- Isabel Lucas, HRAFF Patron

Local Sustainable Clothing Projects:

Ethical Clothing Australia – Ethical Clothing Australia is an accreditation body working with Australian textile, clothing and footwear companies to ensure their local supply chains are transparent and legally compliant.

Undress Runways – Undress Runways celebrates the brilliant work of sustainable designers from around the world.

Clean Cut Fashion – CLEAN CUT connects Australia to the global ethical and sustainable fashion movement.

Good on You – The Good On You app helps you choose brands that have a positive impact on people, the planet and animals – and to avoid brands that don’t deserve your money.

Perpetual City of Melbourne Australian Ethical Super + Investments Australian Centre for the Moving Image