Unravel - ‘Maybe the water is too expensive to wash them’: how Indian women recast and recycle the clothes the West throws away - Meghna Gupta. When people in the West throw their clothes away, their cast-offs often go on a journey east, across the oceans, to India’s industrial interior. In her film Unravel, Meghna Gupta traces a humanizing path through this little-known phase of the global supply chain. From the Kutch District of western India to the northern city of Panipat, garment recyclers turn into yarn the huge bales of clothes that come from people and places distinctly strange. Sometimes ugly, sometimes beautiful, sometimes ludicrously large, the fabrics leave them curious about the people who threw away their clothes ‘practically unworn’. With little exposure to Western culture other than the Discovery Channel, the garment recyclers rely on their imagination and the rumors that travel with the cast-offs to create an intriguing perspective on the West. Crafted with humor and compassion, and featuring a vibrant original score from Eleni Hassabis, Gupta’s film won awards at the Brief Encounters Short Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival and Women’s Independent Film Festival, among many others.
Language: Hindi with English subtitles
Director: Meghna Gupta
Producer: Meghna Gupta, Gigi Berardi
Editor: Prano Bailey-Bond
Original music: Eleni Hassabis
Executive Producer: Tony Clark, Lucy Norris
Director of Photography: Susanne Willett