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The Chocolate Case

5 March 2019 | 5:45pm - 8:00pm

Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre
Mill Road
Dumfries, DG2 7BE United Kingdom
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Film Synopsis: The Chocolate Case

Director: Benthe Forrer | Countries of production: Netherlands | Year: 2016 | Length: 90 min
Language: English, Dutch, French, German with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Can a globalised food system ever be truly ethical?

This engaging and thoughtful documentary tracks three Dutch journalists’ decade-long efforts to end the chocolate industry’s reliance on child labour and worker exploitation.

Affable and with a penchant for absurdist pranks (The Yes Men, anyone?), the three friends ran a TV show investigating unsafe, often unsavoury practices in the food sector. Shocked both by lack of progress on workers’ rights in cocoa plantations and public apathy towards this modern-day slavery, they embarked on a high-profile campaign to expose this reality. Their investigations uncovered serious failings, even among fairtrade producers, so they put their money where their sweet tooth was: they turned from journalists to entrepreneurs, setting out to make a “100% slave-free” chocolate bar.


Beyond the Screen

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the links between responsible business, consumers, and modern day slavery with the Dumfries Fairtrade Group and other guests.


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