Chocolate's Heart of Darkness

In 2001, the lucrative chocolate industry, due to pressure from NGOs, committed itself to putting an end to child labour in cacao plantations before 2006. 18 years later, has that promise been kept? The Ivory Coast, the world’s largest cacao producer, made a real effort to eradicate this scourge on the country. They built schools and trained farmers. Television adverts even reminded populations that child labour is illegal. So why does child exploitation still exist?

Further into isolated areas of the forest, at the end of near-impassable roads, Paul Moreira discovered child slaves, forced to work in plantations, their incomes often seized by traffickers. These child slaves are separated from their parents and sometimes resold onto other traffickers.

Director(s): Paul Moreira
Production: Premières Lignes, Premieres Lignes
Actors: François Gentet, Ibrahim Koné, Cargill, Hendrik Bourgeois, Fidèle Téré, Prisca Taba, Yolanda Mahé, Anna Hundhausen, Tim McCoy, Heidi Hautala
Year: 2019
Duration: 56 min
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): English
Country of origin:
Shooting Locations: Switzerland, France, Belgium, Ivory Coast
Screening rights: Javafilms ()
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Main topic(s): Fairtrade + Economy
Secondary topics: africa globalisation politics forest
Mentions: cacoa chocolate plantation child labour Goin-Débé Forest Ivory Coast exploitation beans Cavally Forest deforestation Mighty Earth CoopaWeb Our Forest Our Future
Topic Page(s): Fairtrade + Economy

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