DER Documentary

Cotton Road

by Laura Kissel
color, 72 min, 2014
in English and Mandarin Chinese
with English subtitles

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What does a rural town in South Carolina have to do with China?

Americans consume nearly twenty billion new items of clothing each year, and at least one billion of them are made in China. Cotton Road uncovers the transnational movement of cotton and tells the stories of workers lives in a conventional cotton supply chain. From rural farms in South Carolina to factory cities in China, we span the globe to encounter the industrial processes behind our rapacious consumption of cheap clothing and textile products.

Are we connected to one another through the things we consume? Cotton Road explores a contemporary landscape of globalized labor through human stories and provides an opportunity to reflect on the ways our consumption impacts others and drives a global economy.



Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Honorable Mention, Feature Length Film, Society for Visual Anthropology, 2015
Top Grit, Jury Prize (Best of Festival), Indie Grits Film Festival, 2015
Fork in the Road Award, Jury Prize (Best of Festival), Greentopia Film Festival, 2015
Best Documentary, Documentary Category, Beaufort International Film Festival, 2015
Jury's Choice Award, First Place, Black Maria Film Festival, various locations, 2015
Best Documentary Feature, Documentary Category, Santa Monica Int'l Film Festival, 2014
Honorable Mention, Rural Route Film Festival, locations various, 2014
Honorable Mention, University Film and Video Association, 2014

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