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Chocolate Case, The Directed
Benthe Forrer The Netherlands / 2016 / 90 minutes North American Premiere
In English, Dutch, German, and French with subtitles
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Orpheum Theater SAUGERTIES
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Benthe Forrer
SYNOPSIS: The Chocolate Case opens with a horrifying premise: what if each time we purchase a bar of chocolate we finance child slavery? The documentary follows a group of intrepid Dutch journalists who've dedicated themselves to changing our perception of the $100 billion cocoa industry that fosters the exploitation of cacao farming communities in a vast global trading network.
Using humor as its hook to create an exposé of massive implications, The Chocolate Case draws attention to the corporate institutions that create this injustice — from attempting to convict one of themselves for the crime of financing child labor through buying chocolate, to visiting the oppressed African communities that are victimized by this industry. Light-hearted moments steer the film's optimism, as the good-natured journalists, tirelessly determined to effect change, become beacons of hope for a righteous cause. Chocolate lovers will undoubtedly take their next bite with a new mindset. — Colton Cox
Based in Amsterdam, Benthe Forrer qualified from the Dutch Film Academy and has since worked on a broad range of dramas, documentaries and children's television programs. Since 2002 she has been the creative producer/co-owner of Dahl TV. In that time she has developed, directed and produced several successful television series, including Keuringsdienst Van Waarde, which has become one of the most popular programs on Dutch television with more than 250 episodes. It was also a hit in the UK on Channel 4 under the name Food Unwrapped. Offspring Tony and the Chocolate Factory, involving episodes about child slavery in the cocoa industry led to the creation of a 100% slave-free chocolate bar called Tony's Chocolonely, which is now the biggest chocolate brand in the Netherlands. The incredible story behind this chocolate creation has now been told by Forrer in The Chocolate Case.
Cast/Featuring: Teun van de Keuken, Maurice Dekkers, Roland Duong
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