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Pomona College Film Screening of "The Dark Side of Chocolate" on Sept. 27

The Darker Side of Chocolate movie poster

The investigative documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate, which explores illegal child trafficking and child labor in the chocolate industry, will be screened on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at Pomona College (Rose Hills Theatre, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). A discussion will follow with Char Miller, Pomona College professor of environmental analysis, and Samantha Meyer, sustainability and purchasing coordinator for the College’s dining services. Ethically produced snacks will be served.

Written and directed by award-winning Danish journalist Miki Mistrati and U. Roberto Romano, the film is set in the bush of Africa and reveals hidden footage of the trafficking of children as young as seven years old to the cocoa fields in the Ivory Coast, where 40 percent of the world’s cocoa is produced and then exported to Europe and the United States. On these plantations child laborers are subjected to the dangerous task of cutting down the cocoa and forced to carry heavy loads.

Through interviews with freed and rescued children, traffickers, government and policy officials, and local activists, Mistrati exposes a darker side of chocolate than one promised by international chocolate companies, like Nestlé, Berry Callebaut and Mars, that signed the 2001 Cocoa Protocol, pledging to eradicate child labor in cocoa production by 2008.

This screening is part of the Food Justice Film Series, sponsored by Pomona College’s Environmental Analysis Program, Dining Services and the Mellon Foundation Elemental Arts Initiative.

For more information, contact Char Miller at (909) 607-8343 or char.miller@pomona.edu.

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