The Diamonds of Botswana: a Brief Documentary

Sustainability
11/02/2020 12:00

The Diamonds of Botswana. If you have not watched (and shared) the video yet, it is high time you do. Andrew Morgan is the director of The True Cost, a documentary about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Livia Firth is the Creative Director of Eco-Age, the sustainability brand consultancy and founder of the Green Carpet Challenge.

Fashionscapes is a documentary series exploring the fashion supply chain. Directed by Andrew Morgan, The Diamonds of Botswana follows Livia Firth as she learns first-hand about the impact of diamond mining in a country that has unearthed some of the worlds most precious stones. This time, a different, more positive story to be told.

The Diamonds of Botswana sets out to rewrite this narrative, setting a global standard for how supply chains can be managed in a way that positively impacts the people on the ground. The short film documents how the diamond mining industry has helped to develop the local resources, demonstrating what can be done when businesses fully commit to the countries in which they are sourcing and producing. By giving a voice to the very human side of the fashion supply chain, Andrew tells us how he hopes to encourage encourage people to reconnect to the faces behind the items that they purchase, and help them to imagine a better industry moving forward.

By following the link to the original article, you can read a brief interview with director Morgan. Here is a excerpt:

What sparked your interest around Botswana and the diamond industry?

Morgan: I’ve always been set on this idea that some of the most challenging problems in these global supply chains happen because there is no long-term, contractual commitment from these companies to their suppliers in these countries. It is sort of engineered that way so that there is very little accountability. So for several years, now I’ve been interested in this idea that before we can have any improvement by and large, there has to be a commitment from these companies to say that they’re producing products in any given country and they are committed long term to the wellbeing of these areas and these people. When we started looking at the diamond mining industry, we were looking to find an example of a place where this is being done well. We wanted an example of a place where there is actual long-term commitment being made to these countries. And that’s what led us to Botswana.

Why is it important to you to give a voice to the people behind this industry?

Morgan: I always think it’s really fascinating to pass the microphone to the people who we don’t usually hear from. We’re very used to hearing from the politicians and the CEOs of these corporations but very rarely do we get the opportunity to speak to the men and women who make up the heart and soul of these supply chains. I think what you gain when you listen to these men and women is that it reminds you of the very human face at the heart of every industry; and this one is no exception to that.