The Cost of Cheap

A FILM ABOUT LABOUR EXPLOITATION

IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY

Who Makes Your Clothes?

What is life like for the people who grow the cotton, process the material, and sew our garments? Many people think slavery is over, but there are presently 40.3 million people living in modern slavery. Forced labourers make up the majority of this number, as many vulnerable workers deep in the supply chains of everyday consumer products, especially clothing, toil with no or low wages, and cannot leave because of threats of violence.

This is not a dignified life… this is a slave life.

Joseph Raj, T.E.S.T.

The film tells the stories of modern slaves in textiles manufacturing supply chains and the brave individuals fighting on the ground against immeasurable odds to help them. We follow a man named Joseph Raj, who runs an organization called T.E.S.T. (Trust for Education and Social Transformation) in Tamil Nadu, India as he goes on raids to rescue underage children from unsafe and labour intensive factories. We hear from the survivors he has helped rescue, hear of their horrific experiences, and desire for education and change. Academics and social justice workers weigh in on why the issue of forced labour persists.

Call to action: BuyFair App

Watch the video below to learn more about the BuyFair app. Sign up if you want to be a tester of the app. It is now available for external testers, and they will be contacted by the end of September 2018 for access to the app.

We are asking the film’s audience and visitors to our site to support the use of the BuyFair app by signing on to our call to action.

The BuyFair app allows consumers to pressure corporations to become more transparent about their supply chains. Once that information is generated, an independent rating advisory made up of a cross-sector of supply chain professionals will determine ratings to help users of the app make more ethical purchasing decisions.

With mass adoption, consumers can put pressure on corporations to improve their supply chain or risk losing customers.

Fight slavery by signing up for the BuyFair app at no cost to you.

Scan barcodes to avoid products made using slave labor and pressure corporations to clean up their supply chain.

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Team

Production Team

Barry Stevens

Director

Steve Weslak

Editor

Kim Carter

Executive Producer

Zabi Yaqeen

Producer

Chelsea O’Connor

Associate Producer

Agam Jain

Second Unit Director

Shashank Walia

Cinematographer

Adam Craveiro

Production Manager

Taeo Soleil Levine

Casting Producer, Researcher

Wang Jane Hui

Researcher

David Hynes

Researcher

Reza Ahmadi

Researcher

Erin Chisholm

Visual Researcher

Advisory

Robin Wright

Advisor

Kim Perdikou

Advisor

Niklas Traub

Advisor

Tom Butterfield

Art Advisor

Frequently Asked Questions

What is call to action?

Corporate behavior can be changed, and for that we need individual consumers to make purchasing decisions that do not contribute to the propogation of labour exploitation, including forced labour, in supply chains. The BuyFair app gives you the tools to make better buying decisions. The app is now available for anyone who wants to be a part of our private beta test program. Sign up now at BuyFair.org

What outreach programs are being developed?

Most of our everyday products – from the food we eat to the clothes we wear – are made by people who work in indecent conditions. Some are even produced by people trapped in slavery. Shop ethically with BuyFair, with which you can learn which brands guard against abuse and which do not. Browse through ratings in apparel, chocolate and electronics before making a purchase. Join the movement by scanning product barcodes to find out whether companies are transparent, and help our research by petitioning those that are not.

We consumers have a voice through our retail purchasing power. We need to evaluate what we buy. We need to ask “who made my product?” and avoid buying products that depend on forced or bonded labour.

When will the film The Cost of Cheap be released?

We are currently in post-production (May 2019). Updates on theatrical release will be available soon.