These teenagers are angry at what they see as the greed of the high street clothes shops, where the workers seldom benefit financially from the clothes they make. So, they are embarking on a mission of a lifetime to India. Their aim is to redress this balance – by sourcing for themselves the materials needed to make their own ethical school shirt to sell back at home.
During the course of their roadtrip through the cotton fields and factories, they experience at first hand the darker side of the garment industry. From the child workers as young as nine who spend days bent double picking cotton for pennies – to the harmful effects of pesticides on the farmers. It also hits home how different their lives would be had they been born over there.
But they do discover that change is possible – that famers and workers do not have to be exploited. In the end they have the choice of two ethical organisations who are prepared to produce their garment…but will they be able to convince their classmates to buy one?
A Century Films production for Channel 4
1 x 50 minutesPhotographyDirk NelMusicAndy CowtonAssitant ProducerDanni DavisExecutive ProducerRuth PittEditorEmily WestProduced & Directed byRicardo Pollack
"Why aren't all teenagers like this?"Daily Mail
"Surprisingly delightful"Daily Telegraph
"[An] eye-opening account of the machinations of the textile industry"Daily Mail