Director: Patrick Kohl


1h 39m 49s | Germany | 2020

Language: Central Khmer, English, German   

This is more than a film.
It’s a journey. It’s a process. It’s a mission. To bring a just society to the workers of the global south and doing so by starting a movement.

is a hybrid mix of cineastic documentary and editorial content elements by independent filmmaker Patrick Kohl.

What does „making fashion“ mean to the people producing our clothes and accessories? Fashion-Blogger Willy Iffland and journalist Helen Fares visit diverse actors in different positions in the industry to get intimate and honest insights.

It’s a road trip and a progressive personal development story, translated through permanent reflection of our two protagonists Helen Fares and Willy Iffland – taking a deep dive into the heart of Cambodia’s garment industry.

Inspired by welcoming encounters with locals, THE CONSCIENCE OF CLOTHING is an authentic snapshot of an industry that accounts for the livelihood and everyday reality of roughly a fifth of the country’s population.

Our topics are working conditions, fair wages, education, road safety and general life in Cambodia – but we’re building strong bridges to western civilisation „Zeitgeist“ topics such as egoism, consumption in real life capitalism (fueled by fast fashion), intersectional feminism and sustainability in the modern world.



Patrick Kohl is an award-winning Berlin-based storyteller and film director.

He specializes in cinematic portraits and capturing human life stories in cultural documentaries focused on creating impact for a better tomorrow. His journeys to cover life on film with national and international NGOs and foundations have taken him to 4 continents, including inspiring countries such as Venezuela, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal, Lebanon, India and Cambodia.

Before working on cultural documentaries, Patrick worked as a journalist for over 10 years, as well as producer and (live-)director for several major international brands and European-based advertising agencies. He founded his first production company at the age of 25, where he worked with all major German TV networks. He likes the smell of freshly mowed lawns and drinks more coffee than he should. The Conscience of Clothing is his debut feature length documentary (2020).

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