The Secret Life of Your Clothes
In this revealing film, charismatic paralympian Ade Adepitan tells the fascinating story of the afterlife of our clothes. He follows the trail to Ghana, the biggest importer of our cast offs where 1000’s of tonnes of our old clothes arrive every week. Ade meets the people who make a living from our old castoffs, from wholesalers and markets traders to the importers raking in more than the average yearly wage in a single day!
But not everyone is profiting…With cheaply made western clothes flooding the market, the local textile industry has been decimated. Ade visits one of the last remaining cloth factories and finds it on its knees. And the deluge of our clothes isn't just destroying jobs; it has also had a knock-on effect on Ghanaian culture. Western outfits are fast replacing iconic West African prints and traditional garb. Ade travels to remote villages to find everyone wearing British high street brands. Prepare to open your eyes… to the secret life of your clothes.