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Climate Change

 

This is a short clip from the section about rainforests in the feature length environmental documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.


Ethical Fashion

Who really made your clothes? From Director Mary Nighy and Producers White Lodge comes Handprint, a provocative short film starring Elettra Wiedemann. Premiered at London Fashion Week at the launch of the Green Carpet Challenge Capsule Collection on Net-A-Porter, the film aims to raise awareness of the challenges faced by garment workers and jewellery producers around the world.
 
Worn Wear: a Film About the Stories We Wear Presented by Patagonia Directed by Keith, Lauren, Chris, and Dan Malloy Closed-captioned in English, Spanish and Korean Worn Wear is an exploration of quality -- in the things we own and the lives we live.
 

Alabama Chanin tells the story of Natalie Chanin and the evolution of her company. Alabama Chanin is an American-made lifestyle brand based in Florence, Alabama that focuses on sustainable practices and production of organic heirloom clothing and home wares Commissioned by Gael Towey Original Score by Mason Jar Music Color by Josh Kanuck.

 

Lessons from a Tailor. A video about Martin Greenfield. Directed by Galen Summer. Cinematography by Ed David. http://www.galensummer.com http://www.kittyguerrilla.com

 
Atelier ANGEL CHANG is a womenswear project using traditional hand-woven fabrics of the Miao and Dong ethnic minorities in Guizhou Province, China. The collection brings 1000 years of ancient craftsmanship re-interpreted into modern silhouettes by an emerging New York designer. For the past year, Angel has worked closely with masters of several rural mountain villages where families have maintained all-natural, chemical-free traditional processes. The fabrics and embroideries are made completely by hand, from locally-grown raw materials, using fresh plants native to the mountains, and without the use of electricity. The aim of the project is to create employment opportunities in rural Chinese villages and to promote global appreciation for indigenous craftsmanship.
 
'The Next Black' is a documentary film that explores the future of clothing. Watch as we meet with some of the most innovative companies on the planet to get their opinion on clothing and its future, including: heroes of sustainability, Patagonia; tech-clothing giants, Studio XO; sportswear icon, adidas; and Biocouture, a consultancy exploring living organisms to grow clothing and accessories.
 

In Savar, Bangladesh, Razia struggles to raise two grandchildren after losing her daughters in the Rana Plaza factory collapse, a disaster which claimed the lives of over 1000 garment workers.

Produced by Rainbow Collective, Clean Clothes Campaign, and International Labor Rights Forum. Camera: Rainbow Collective and ILRF. Learn more at Tears in the Fabric.

 

The story of the artisans who transform bombs and scrap metal to ARTICLE 22 jewelry set against the backdrop of the Secret War in Laos, 1964-1973, which left the country the most heavily bombed in history.

 

Produced by RAINBOW COLLECTIVE and OPENVIZOR, 'UDITA' follows a turbulent 5 years in the lives of the women at the grass roots of the garment workers struggle. From 2010, when organising in the workplace would lead to beatings, sacking and arrests; through the tragedies of Tazreen and Rana Plaza, and to the present day, when the long fight begins to pay dividends. We see this vital period through the eyes of the unions' female members, workers and leaders.


Ethical Beauty

The Story of Cosmetics, released on July 21st, 2010, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo.


Consumerism

Obey is a film based on the book "Death of the Liberal Class" by journalist and Pulitzer prize winner, Chris Hedges. It charts the rise of the Corporate State, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change. The film predominantly focuses on US corporate capitalism, but it is my hope that the viewer can recognize the relevance of what is being expressed with regards to domestic political and corporate activity. It was made completely of clips found on the web. Music by Clark (warp.net/records/clark).

 

Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. But things aren't as simple as opting for the paper bag, says sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu. A bold call for us to let go of tightly-held green myths and think bigger in order to create systems and products that ease strain on the planet.

 

FOOD CHAINS exposes the abuses rampant in farm labor in the United States and reveals the forces behind that exploitation through the narrative of an intrepid group of tomato pickers in Florida, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who are battling the 4 trillion dollar global supermarket industry - and winning!

 
This short documentary reveals the hazards of the electronics industry in China profiling workers poisoned by chemicals and their struggle for compensation. Thousands of young people in China enter export factories to make the West's favorite electronic gadgets, only to find they have contracted occupational diseases or worse, leukemia, by the age of 25.
 
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.