FREIGHTENED – The Real Price of Shipping

Director: Denis Delestrac

Rating:  5/5

FREIGHTENED – The Real Price of Shipping is a documentary that was screened at the 2016 Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. People are becoming more and more aware and concerned about the social and environmental impact of the consumer culture. This film unveils a huge factor that has been all but hidden up to this point, the Cargo Shipping industry.

Most people, if not all, are now aware that most of the goods and products that the West purchases, 90% according to the documentary, is manufactured abroad. Whether it’s a toothbrush or car, “new” or recycled/reproduced, the manufacturing label on a product usually states that it was not manufactured in your country. Think this is the result of many non Western countries, such as China and India, having cheap labor and poor labor laws? Think again.

Cheap transportation, in the form of cargo ships, doesn’t just deliver what is consumed but the material the manufacturers need to produce what is consumed. So even the label “Made in ___” is misleading, because the material’s may come from around the world, with a total shipping cost of a few dollars. The industry is dominated by a handful of individuals who hide behind flags of convenience from countries that have poor human rights issues and corruption. The huge cargo ships employ a small overworked and underpaid crew and have an extremely negative impact on the environment. It’s time all citizens, including lawmakers and political leaders, open up their eyes and fix our sea blindness.

FREIGHTENED – The Real Price of Shipping is highly informative and completely engaging. We can not eliminate this ancient profession, so Director Denis and the experts in the documentary are able to present real solutions to a grim situation. Watch the documentary, do your research, and take the pledge to reform the cargo industry.

Esther Simera

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