Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  68 minutes
Date:  2012
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 10 - 12, College, Adults
Color/BW:  Color
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Nothing Like Chocolate

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The story of Mott Green and the solar-powered Grenada Chocolate Company, a farmers' and chocolate-makers' co-op, which makes organic chocolate from tree-to-bar.

Nothing Like Chocolate

NOTHING LIKE CHOCOLATE tells the powerful story of Mott Green and the Grenada Chocolate Company he founded, which is a farmers' and workers' cooperative. This tree-to-bar factory, claimed to be the smallest in the world, turns out luscious creations that are organic and ethical.
In a world saturated with industrial chocolate--often made with cocoa harvested by exploited child labor--this solar-powered workers' co-op provides a viable model for creating sustainable communities in the global South and beyond.

Also featured are Michael Pollan, Vandana Shiva, and Christian Parenti.

'A deeply layered, subtle, and visionary film...Will deepen your understanding about the ethics of the chocolate you eat. What really sets this movie apart though is the focus on real people and how it shows the way forward...Offers a thoughtful assessment of the fair trade movement and compelling vision of how globalization can work if thoughtful ethical principles inform sustainable economic activity...This movie will make you think about the food you eat. It will also help inspire a new generation of global farmers and social entrepreneurs who will find more ethical and human pathways for global trade.' Michael A. Santoro, Professor of Business Ethics, Rutgers University, co-Author, Wall Street Values: Business Ethics and the Global Financial Crisis

'This film is unique in both the depth and breadth of its analysis of the cocoa industry. At its heart is a compelling story of sustainable, artisanal chocolate production in Grenada and a cooperative that is revolutionizing the connection between cocoa farmers and the finished product. However, the film also explores the complexity and contradictions of fair trade certification while providing important perspective on the child slave labor, which produces much of the conventional chocolate that consumers enjoy. The final message is a positive one: you can vote with your dollar and support viable, small-scale economic development a world away.' Sarah Lyon, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Kentucky, Editor, Anthropology of Work Review, Author, Coffee and Community: Maya Farmers and Fair Trade Markets

'Nothing Like Chocolate is not just an advocacy piece--It address controversial issues such as the pros and cons of fair trade; cooperatives are not always the solution; and forming collective action is difficult, challenging, filled with hurdles and complications, and is costly. Using this film, teachers can build an enlightened and engaging discussion around developing the understanding of collective action and its importance to farmers who 'control their own destiny' through collective action. This film has many lessons and could be used as a teaching instrument for several types of courses and modules and would be of interest to general audiences.' Michael L. Cook, Robert D. Partridge Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Executive Director, Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership, University of Missouri

'Offers insight into one of our most beloved substances - chocolate - and the slavery epidemic that plagues cocoa bean harvesting. Child slavery, especially in Cote d'Ivoire, needs to be rectified; if large corporations (such as Hershey's) are not going to address it, Bhavnani hopes to inspire viewers to act.' Pamela Schembri, Newburgh Enlarged City Schools, School Library Journal

'This documentary focuses on real peole and tells the powerful story of anarchist chocolate maker, Mott Green...We see globalization at its best and sustainability, which has the potential for long-term maintenance of well-being and involves ecological, economic, political and cultural dimensions...Suitable for high school and college students as well as all adults, and libraries.' Susan Awe, University of New Mexico, Educational Media Reviews Online

'[Mott Green] discovered that the Ivory Coast chocolate plantations used child slave labor. This upset him so much that he decided to create an alternative in Grenada, a place that he had always loved for its revolutionary past as well as its widespread network of organic farmers, including those growing cacao...Ideal for classroom use...Bullfrog Films does outstanding work and would help progressive-minded teachers in college or high school get the message across about global warming, food safety, and indigenous peoples to their students.' Louis Proyect, Counterpunch

'Highly recommended, especially for public, high school and college library educational DVD collections.' The Midwest Book Review

'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...The film succeeds in striking fine balances between being entertaining and educational, disturbing and inspiring-a winning concoction the is poised to change the chocolate-consuming habits of its audience...Fascinating and pleasurable viewing.' Wendy Guymer Tutt, Alternatives Journal

'This challenging documentary may make chocolate lovers think twice about their passion. Recommended.' Video Librarian

'Mixing the bitter with the sweet, the factual and the idealistic, the documentary Nothing like Chocolate gives a macro and micro perspective on the beloved sweet stuff. Smartly directed...' Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara Independent

'An engaging movie that provokes both the brain and the taste buds.' Brent Simon, Shockya.com


Awards

Winner, Silver Reel, Lucerne Film Festival
Nominee, Best Documentary, Milan International Film Festival
Best Documentary, ITN Film Festival, Los Angeles
Best Documentary Feature, Independents' Film Festival, Tampa Bay
Nominee, Best Documentary, DocMiami International Film Festival
Best of the Fest Selection, Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Nominee, Best Documentary, Tenerife International Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Washington, DC
Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival
United Nations Association Film Festival, Stanford
Maui Film Festival
Rhode Island International Film Festival
Hollywood Reel International Film Festival

Citation

Main credits

Bhavnani, Kum-Kum (Director)
Bhavnani, Kum-Kum (Screenwriter)
Bhavnani, Kum-Kum (Producer)
Malavenda, Cristina (Screenwriter)
Malavenda, Cristina (Film editor)
Pettey, Ryan (Film editor)
Pettey, Ryan (Screenwriter)
Green, Mott (Interviewee)
Sarandon, Susan (Narrator)

Other credits

Photography, Skye Borgman; edited by Ryan Pettey, Cristina Malavenda; music, Erik Lohr.


Distributor credits

Mirror and Hammer Films

Mirror and Hammer Films
Kum-Kum Bhavnani
Associate Producers: Summer Gray, John Foran
Director of Photography: Skye Borgman
Editors: Ryan Pettey, Cristina Malavenda
Sound: Ashoke Ghosh, Maga Bo
Music: Erik Lohr
Narrator: Susan Sarandon

Docuseek2 subjects

Food
Business, Labor and Economics
Local Economies
Trade
Sociology
Caribbean, The

Distributor subjects

Anthropology
Central America/The Caribbean
Community
Cooperatives
Developing World
Economics
Environment
Ethics
Fair Trade
Food And Nutrition
Geography
Globalization
Health
Labor and Work Issues
Local Economies
Marketing and Advertising
Renewable Energy
Sociology
Sustainability
Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainable Development

Keywords

Mott Green, solar power, Grenada Chocolate Company, farmers' co-op, chocolate-makers' co-op, organic chocolate, tree-to-bar, cocoa, child labor, sustainable communities, global south, slavery, Michael Pollan, Vandana Shiva, Christian Parenti, Ivory Coast, Guittard Chocolate, Scharffenberger Chocolate, Chocolate Maya, David Presti, Tillman Thomas, Shadel Nyack Compton, Belmont Estate, Maurice Bishop, Doug Brown. Judy Williams, Nelice Stewart,"Nothing Like Chocolate",Bullfrog Films

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