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MSP International Film Festival Screening: "The Chocolate Case" 1:00-3:30 pm
Monday, April 17, 2017, 1:00 PM until 3:30 PM
St. Anthony Main Theatre; reception to follow in the River Room at the Aster Cafe
115 Main St. S.E.
is not Required
The Cynthia Froid Group hosts a special free screening for MCC members and guests of “The Chocolate Case.” When a 2002 newspaper article casually reported the news of child slavery in the production of cocoa, Dutch journalists Teun van de Keuken, Maurice Dekkers and Roland Duong decided to try and make a difference. Working diligently, their research revealed that child labor was used in every chocolate product, even those with the Fair Trade logo on it, and that big corporations like Nestlé are eager to sweep such information under the proverbial rug. Frustrated that their efforts weren’t getting more attention, van de Keuken came up with a novel idea: to sue himself, as a consumer of chocolate, for complicity in child slavery. The case really made it to court, and three years later a verdict was passed. Benthe Forrer’s moving documentary is a captivating look at this little-known issue. A reception will follow the film in the River Room at the Aster Cafe. RSVP to Cynthia Froid with attendee names and date of screening: firstname.lastname@example.org.