It’s no news that the Chocolate Industry is a very big one. In the year 2016, it was estimated that the global chocolate market is worth $98.3 billion.
According to the United Nations, four of the top five cocoa-producing countries are on the African continent, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, and Ivory Coast; South American countries like Brazil, Peru and Ecuador are among the top 10 cocoa-producing countries.
For a while now there have been claims of child labour by people who engage in this profitable business and the situation is on a rise. And it is this matter specifically that the documentary, ‘The Chocolate Case,’ tackles.
In a film produced by BlazHoffski/Dahl TV, it’s a story of three journalists (Maurice Dekkers, Teun van de Keuken, and Roland Durong) who uncovered child slavery in the cocoa industry and tried to persuade large corporations to end the practice. However, the trio was never successful and so they went on to develop what they called the world’s first “slave-free” chocolate bar, Tony’s Chocolonely, which became one of the best-selling brands in the Netherlands.
According to Shadowandact, the film combines a wealth of archival material with new footage, to reconstruct a poignant history of the industry.
The film, ‘Chocolate Case’ is not the first to tackle this problem; in 2010 a documentary titled ‘The Dark Side of Chocolate’ was released, exposing the exploitation and slave-trading of African children to harvest cocoa beans – something that is still occurring years after the cocoa industry pledged to end it. It was directed by Miki Mistrati and U. Roberto Romano.
Watch the trailer for ‘The Chocolate Case’ above.