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The Chocolate Case

18 September 2017 | 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
John Hope Gateway, Arboretum Place
Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ United Kingdom
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£5.50 – £6.50

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

Join us (and join in!) as we pedal through the film, under the stars at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

We will be joined before the film by Edinburgh-based independent chocolatiers, The Chocolate Tree, for a unique tasting experience and to hear about their small-batch, bean-to-bar production methods.

Please bring warm clothing and waterproofs as rain cover is limited.
Doors open and tasting begins at 19:00.

PLUS SHORT: Yellow (Amarillo) (Ana Pérez López, Spain/USA, 2016, 4mins)


Advance booking recommended
Entrance via Arboretum Place (John Hope Gateway)

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Advance booking recommended
Entrance via Arboretum Place (John Hope Gateway)

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