‘Made in Bangladesh’ by The Fifth Estate

I’ve often thought about tracing a specific garment from its enslaved maker, to its oblivious owner; and wonder what impact would result…

 


The Fifth Estate is a Canadian investigative documentary program on CBC Television.

‘Made in Bangladesh’ won the 2014 International Emmy® Award for Current Affairs programming.

We own slaves

Last month, I drove to Hamilton, Ontario to spend the day with a dear friend from camp. She took me to 541 Eatery & Exchange where we made ourselves right at home in a cozy corner of the café.

Between chugging warm London Fogs made with coconut milk, and devouring delectable, dairy-free brownies, we journaled, read; chatted about prayer, and Enneagram tests (I took one right there!), and—as memory serves—had just started on social justice, when another kindred soul joined us.

Her words were sobering. “We own slaves,” she contributed.

 

And there we were.
The three of us.
Slave owners.

‘Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion’–S.1, E.1

The nonchalance of dear Anniken’s rhetorical question at 7:24 in episode one of a five-part Norwegian reality TV mini-series called Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion, is

an appallingly
accurate representation
so many of us have
regarding
the precious lives
of human beings
who make what
we consume without thought
every
single
day.