The Chocolate Case
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Showings
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
Members:$11.00
Student w/ID (Box Office Only):$8.00
Youth (25 & Under):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Documentaries
Tags:Agriculture
Documentary
Food
Human Rights
Women Directors
Social Justice
Journalism
Voice Category:Expanded Horizons
Release Year:2016
Runtime:90 min
Country:Netherlands
Language:English
Dutch
German
French
Print Source:Jindra Span
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWtNLA3JNTY
Cast/Crew
Director:Benthe Forrer
Producer:Barbara Coronel
Cinematographer:Maarten Kramer
Screenwriter:Benthe Forrer
Editor:Ralf Verbeek
Composer:Kyteman
Principal Cast:Teun van de Keuken
Maurice Dekkers
Roland Duong
Filmography:Debut Feature
Description

Tony’s Chocolonely representative attending

When a 2002 newspaper article casually reported the news of child slavery in the production of cocoa, Dutch journalists Teun van de Keuken, Maurice Dekkers, and Roland Duong decided to try and make a difference. Working diligently, their research revealed that child labor was used in every chocolate product, even those with the Fair Trade logo on it, and that big corporations like Nestlé are eager to sweep such information under the proverbial rug. Frustrated that their efforts weren’t getting more attention, van de Keuken came up with a novel idea: to sue himself, as a consumer of chocolate, for complicity in child slavery. The case really made it to court, and three years later a verdict was passed. Benthe Forrer’s moving, and often humorous, documentary is a captivating look at this little-known issue.


Director’s Biography

Benthe Forrer: Benthe Forrer is an actress and director, who has said of her inspiration for making The Chocolate Case: “Chocolate and tomatoes, I couldn’t live without them… [O]nce I asked the baker if their chocolate was ‘Fair Trade’, the girl said she didn’t know what it meant. So I think we still have a long way to go.” (Huffington Post)