5 documentaries that reveals the downside of fashion industry

From the perspective of cinema, the hidden corners of contemporary fashion will be reproduced in the truest way through these worth-watching documentaries.

Behind the glamor of the fashion industry is a multidimensional picture that encompasses many complex issues, from human rights, sustainable development, environment to "gray" resources. With an amazing pace of development, the dark parts of the industry always provoke public curiosity.

Have you ever wondered what truly happens behind these flashy images we often see on TV or the internet? With an intuitive approach, these 5 following documentary films will partly answer your questions about the downside of the fashion village.

RIVERBLUE (2017)

If you are looking for a film that exploits the dark side of the production process, RiverBlue is an ideal choice. Following conservationist Mark Angelo to discover rivers all over the world, viewers will be breathless witnessing the serious damage that the fashion industry has caused to these water flows and their surrounding residents. Besides, the film also emphasizes human values and the connection between people.

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THE TRUE COST (2015)

Directed by Andrew Morgan and produced by Michael Ross, The True Cost is an "introductory" work for believers who want to learn about the birth of sustainable fashion. Some manufacturers have taken advantage of cheap labor, used chemicals and exaggerated the truth with unrealistic advertising campaigns. In addition, the film also exploits the race of fast fashion and sustainable fashion.

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ADVANCED STYLE (2014)

Inspired by his late grandmother, photographer Ari Seth Cohen joined hands with director Lina Plioplyte to make the documentary Advanced Style. Colorful, witty and realistic, the documentary film revolves around the personal lives of the cool, stylish life of 7 women in their sixties in New York. Breaking through many rigid principles, Advanced Style will make viewers wonder about the "ugliness" of an industry obsessed with youth. The main characters in the film are proof that aging that is no longer a matter of the fashion industry.

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THE NEXT BLACK (2014)

With the presence of many designers, innovators, leaders, The Next Black takes a futuristic perspective when focusing on new discussions, ideas and solutions to change the face of the fashion industry. In particular, the link of sustainable fashion - the laundry process - the future of fashion village is the central theme.

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PICTURE ME: A MODEL'S DIARY (2009)

Along with the rise of the #MeToo movement, Picture Me: A Model's Diary will be a perfect dish for your soul. Revolving around the protagonist - model Sara Ziff, the film delves into issues that fashion and public opinion always avoid: harassment, drugs, eating disorders... Through interviews and natural shooting angles, the film will open up many harsh facts about modeling.

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By: Quinn Abrams

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