When you bag a bargain, do you think about whos paid for it?
At its height, up to 26 Indian cotton farmers a day drank pesticides to kill themselves out of the debt they got into in order to work. The country where 4 of the world’s 10 richest people live is also 70% agrarian. Journalist Leah Borromeo traveled to India and met with a suicide widow, local doctors, farmers and workers along the cotton production chain. And a 23-yr old man who tried to kill himself over 800.
Armed with appalling stories from the bottom end of the fashion food chain, she goes to the UK high street. How many shoppers think about how clothes get on their backs? With this new knowledge about suicides and pesticides, what good can you do – or is this another poverty panacea laid on by the Guardian-reading classes? Do clothing labels and fashion designers care? What can be done? This is a film, this is a campaign, this is something that’s sewn into the threads of our everyday.
What we’re doing
We would like to go to Liverpool to film this
It’s on 30 Sept and 01 Oct.
This is a cotton industry event and is pretty crucial – we don’t just want to have tree huggers speaking up. We need all sides.
What we need
- 2x return tickets from London to Liverpool
- Somewhere to stay [cheap hotel or someone’s sofabed, we’re not too fussy]
- 2x admission fee to the event [517 total for two – this is the absolute minimum]
_Depending on the money raised, one or two of us would go. Ideally, we’d have a camera and journo. It works better and there’s less to think about when you’re trying to nail down the rag trade’s heavy hitters. Another option would be if someone could recommend a Liverpool-based shooter who could work for a small fee for a couple of days.
The amount requested is for a total worst case scenario. What’s crucial is getting into the shindig and getting to Liverpool.
You’ll see some perks on the side, but you don’t have to stretch that far. Throw us whatever you can. If you want to donate direct, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be eternally grateful and can guarantee none of it will be wasted._
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