Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

why are Indian farmers committing suicides over their debts?

Every day, I Google “farmer suicides” and every day I see a new entry. I have a mantra which riffs on this: “Nearly 300,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide to get out of debt since 1995. In the state of Maharashtra in 2006, 4,453 people committed suicide. That’s one every eight hours.” If you close […]

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

suicide – the only way out of debt?

Nearly 300,000 Indian farmers killed themselves to get out of debt between 1995 and 2011. In the state of Maharashtra alone, 4,453 people committed suicide in 2006. That’s around one every eight hours. As I’m writing this, I hear of seven farmers who’ve died in the past three days. It’s like a swathe of desperate people […]

Monday, September 24th, 2012

the cotton film: dirty white gold | crowdfund

At last – it lives! We launched the crowdfund for our film The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold today. The journey starts with nearly 300,000 Indian farmers who have killed themselves to escape debt. At one point, up to 26 per day. They are the price we pay for cheap cotton – trapped in a […]

Monday, May 21st, 2012

some trying trial pieces to camera

as shot in Vidharba, India on a research trip for my feature documentary on Indian cotton farmer suicides, pesticides and fashion…. dirty white gold won’t be your friday night date film but, with a bit of craft, it won’t be one of those documentaries that bash you over the head with the worthy stick either…. […]

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

dow chemicals [doh chemicals]

image as thought up by me and crafted on mike cupcake‘s computer as i was schlepping about soho with a gentleman at the time. if you need an explanation, dow chemicals are one of the official sponsors of the london 2012 olympic games. in 1999, they merged with the union carbide corporation – the pesticide […]

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold update

Just back from Geneva. Endosulfan was listed under Annex A of the Stockholm Convention for Persistent Organic Pollutants. This means all use and production of this very deadly and debilitating poison is now internationally banned. Because the production of endosulfan is big business for the Indian government, their delegation and lobbies were strongly opposed to […]

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Woo! Press….

For those of you aware of my latest project, a documentary on Indian cotton farmer suicides, pesticides and fashion tentatively called Dirty White Gold, you’ll be aware I’ve re-edited a new taster for it. Since I put it out at the beginning of September, there’s been a little press buzz around it as well as […]

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Indian Cotton Farmer Suicides, Pesticides and Fashion

Up to 26 Indian cotton farmers a day commit suicide by drinking pesticides to kill themselves out of debt. This taster is for Dirty White Gold, a film by Leah Borromeo about cotton, chemicals and consumerism’s real casualties. When you bag a bargain, who pays for it? CREDITS Director, Producer, Presenter, Camera: Leah Borromeo Executive […]

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Travels and Travails

Have just come back from India filming my first ever documentary (by filming, I mean shooting, producing, directing, presenting, editing, everything myself) on suicides, pesticides and fashion. Working title “Deadly White Gold”… same as the article I wrote for Who’s Jack this September. At its height, up to 26 Indian cotton farmers a day were […]