Magazine article Alternatives Journal

Bean to Bar in Grenada

Magazine article Alternatives Journal

Bean to Bar in Grenada

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Nothing Like Chocolate Kum-Kum Bhavnani (director), United States: bullfrog films, 2013, 68 minutes.

Chocolate is one of life's great pleasures. The perfect food, chocolate is fuel for flagging spirits, an inspiration, a temptation and, for some, a sacrament. Yet most consumers of mass-produced chocolate may be unaware of their beloved confection's dark side. Child slave labour in West African cocoa plantations haunts the industry, which relies on this region to supply nearly 70 per cent of its cocoa, and it persists in spite of commitments to address the problem by the world's largest chocolate companies.

The Grenada Chocolate Company, a cooperative created in 1999 with the intention "to revolutionize the cocoa-chocolate system," is the subject of Kum-Kum Bhavnani's award-winning documentary. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, Nothing Like Chocolate takes an intimate look at the people behind "the world's smallest chocolate factory." It also leads viewers on an informative trek into the global chocolate economy, assembling borrowed footage from news reports, other documentaries and interviews with big-picture thinkers such as Michael Pollan and Vandana Shiva. The film succeeds in striking fine balances between being entertaining and educational, disturbing and inspiring--a winning concoction that is poised to change the chocolate-consuming habits of its audience.

At the heart of the film is Mott Green, a self-described "political activist version of Willy Wonka" and iconoclastic founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company. …

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