The world of fashion is synonymous with style, glamour, and creativity. However, there is a hidden cost behind the glitz and glamour – the social and environmental impact of the industry. Recently, Filming Indo had the privilege of working as a fixer for SKY ITALIA’s investigative documentary titled ‘JUNK – Armadi Pieni.’ This powerful docuseries delves deep into the dark underbelly of the fashion industry, exploring its detrimental effects on India’s textile waste, cotton farming, and environmental pollution. This article provides an insight into Filming Indo’s work in researching, fixing locations, obtaining permissions, arranging interviews, and managing logistics and accommodations in Delhi, Panipat, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu.
Researching the Fashion Industry’s Impact:
Before embarking on the documentary production, Filming Indo collaborated closely with the SKY ITALIA team to research and understand the social and environmental consequences of the fashion industry. The documentary shed light on the alarming textile waste generated by the industry and its adverse effects on the environment. Additionally, it focused on the plight of cotton farmers in Northern India, who faced challenges such as Ballworm and Pink Bollworm infestations, issues with genetically modified BT Cotton, heavy pesticide usage, and its impact on their livelihoods.
Fixing Locations and Obtaining Permissions:
Filming Indo played a crucial role in identifying and securing appropriate locations for the documentary shoot. The team meticulously scouted textile landfills, cotton farms, and regions affected by the fashion industry’s pollution. Simultaneously, they navigated the bureaucratic processes to obtain the necessary permissions and clearances, ensuring a smooth and legally compliant production.
Arranging Interviews with Key Stakeholders:
To provide a comprehensive perspective on the fashion industry’s impact, Filming Indo arranged interviews with a diverse range of stakeholders. Activist Matteo Ward traveled to India to witness firsthand the textile waste crisis and its consequences. Interviews were conducted with cotton farmers, environmental activists, industry experts, and affected communities, amplifying their voices and shedding light on the human stories behind the issues.
Managing Logistics and Accommodations:
Filming Indo excelled in managing the intricate logistics and accommodations for the entire crew throughout the documentary production. From transportation arrangements to equipment rentals, they ensured a seamless experience for the SKY ITALIA team. Additionally, they organized comfortable accommodations, enabling the crew to focus on their work and immerse themselves in the stories they were documenting.
Challenges and Revelations:
The journey of Filming Indo was not without its challenges. They confronted the harsh realities faced by cotton farmers, witnessed the devastating consequences of the fashion industry’s pollution, and navigated the complex web of stakeholders involved. Through their work, Filming Indo revealed the systemic issues plaguing the fashion industry and brought attention to the urgent need for sustainable and ethical practices.
Filming Indo’s collaboration with SKY ITALIA on the investigative documentary ‘JUNK – Armadi Pieni’ has shed light on the social and environmental impact of the fashion industry in India. By working tirelessly as fixers, they have contributed to uncovering the dark side of fast fashion, including textile waste, the struggles of cotton farmers, and environmental pollution. This thought-provoking docuseries serves as a wake-up call, urging the industry and consumers to prioritize sustainable and ethical practices for a more responsible fashion future.
Through their dedication and behind-the-scenes work, Filming Indo has given a voice to those affected by the fashion industry’s detrimental practices. Their collaboration with SKY ITALIA has brought awareness to global audiences, inspiring.