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Summer Social Justice Film Series: The True Cost of Fashion

This summer, we are eager to join together in person (and virtually) to explore themes of climate change, the refugee crisis and immigration, Black culture and history, and the healing power of music. Sponsored by Panim: Social Action and Social Justice at BJ, this film series will highlight various social justice issues with relevant speakers and opportunities for conversations with community members. We hope you will join us and be inspired by the films and accompanying conversations.

The True Cost of Fashion

A groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider: Who really pays the price for our clothing? The True Cost is about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the human and environmental impact the industry is having on our world.

  • For those joining in person, doors will open at 6:45 PM and the film screening will begin at 7:00 PM. 
  • For those watching from home, the film is available on Amazon Prime or YouTube for a fee. Then, join us virtually for our accompanying program at 8:30 PM. 
  • Speakers to be announced.


If you are joining us in person, admission will be $7 per event (or $15 for the whole series) for BJ members and $10 per event (or $25 for the whole series) for non-BJ members. 

If you’d like to join us virtually, admission will be $5 per event for BJ members and $7 per event for non-BJ members. Please note that The True Cost and Summer of Soul will not be streamed virtually as part of the event. Instead, you can watch at home and then join us virtually for the accompanying program

We will be joined after the film by two expert speakers who work locally on waste, reuse, fashion and design. They will discuss proposed legislation around fashion sustainability, NYC’s zero waste goals, and how we can all be more responsible consumers in our daily lives. 

Ibada Wadud teaches in the School of Design Strategies and School of Fashion at Parsons School of Design, with a focus on “design justice.” She is the Founder & Head of Impact at LULAH, a lifestyle brand recognized by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice for groundbreaking work with formerly incarcerated citizens. As a board member of the NY Fashion Workforce Development Coalition, Ibada advises the NY State Senate and US Senate on fashion policy, including Senator Gillibrand’s Fabric Act and Senator Biaggi’s Fashion Sustainability & Social Accountability Act.

Currently, Ibada works with Adidas on strategy & innovation with a focus on communities + culture and consumer foresight. She has been featured at dozens of events including Columbia University’s Women in Sustainability Summit, WWD x Beauty Inc.’s Sustainability Forum, FIT’s City Source and CFDA.com. Previously, she managed social responsibility at Kate Spade in New York and Rwanda, and consulted for the United Nations. She studied at Rhode Island School of Design’s Institute for Design + Public Policy, and holds a Master’s in Human Rights from Universidad Pablo de Olavide. She is fluent in Spanish.

Renzi Wise (she/her) is a Community Coordinator at donateNYC, a program of the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) that promotes donations and reuse to advance NYC’s zero waste goals. In this role, Renzi executes the program’s external communications strategy and conducts outreach to recruit new users for donateNYC’s online Food Portal and Exchange tools. Prior to joining donateNYC in 2021, she worked with the Sanitation Foundation, supporting strategic public-private partnerships to engage New Yorkers in waste reduction and the mission of DSNY. Renzi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

The conversation will be moderated by BJ and Aviv Member Ryan Brenner.


B’nai Jeshurun
(212) 787-7600
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New York, NY 10024 United States
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