Leah Borromeo talks about her film Dirty White Gold at Stoke Newington Literary Festival
Written by Sonja Todd
Roadside sign in India, from the film's trailer
Dirty White Gold is Leah Borromeo's film about cotton. It exposes a whole crop of problems with our clothes by unspooling high street supply chains right back to cotton seeds. Even what you think is a sweatshop-free t-shirt unravels to reveal a thread supplier using child labour, or a farmer in such heavy debt he's killed himself. These cotton-to-coffin suicides are destroying Indian farming families.
Blood on the maps: film poster design by Peter Kennard @at_earth
Dirty White Gold “goes right the way back to seeds,” says Leah. “It's a Saturday night date film.” Ha ha.
We're here on a sunny Sunday afternoon as part of the Stoke Newington Literary Festival,… read more