With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, chocolate is on many people’s minds. What if that heart box you were planning on purchasing from your corner drug store wasn’t as sweet a treat as you thought?
What if the chocolate we’re eating began its journey with child labor? The rumors of child trafficking take Miki Mistrati from Germany for a cocoa convention to the Ivory Coast, where most cocoa beans are produced.
While in Mali, West Africa, Mistrati witnesses trafficking and shows the viewer the evidence through both regular and hidden camera work. The investigation is at times potentially dangerous and always emotionally rough. Did the signing of a contract to oppose child labor strip the major chocolate organizations of any responsibility? That’s up to the consumer to decide.
“The Dark Side of Chocolate” shows on Friday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. as part of BriarPatch’s Friday Food Film series. Suzanne Angell, the co-founder of an organic and fair trade chocolate company (Angell Bar), will be attending the screening to answer questions.
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