The Chocolate Case

2016 | Netherlands | NR | 90 min.


Bijou by the Bay Fri, Jul 28, 2017 6:00 PM
State Theatre Sun, Jul 30, 2017 9:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Foreign Documentary
Original Title:Tony
Release Year:2016
Runtime:90 min.
Production Country:Netherlands
Original Language:Dutch
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Benthe Forrer
Produced by:Barbara Coronel
Screenwriter:Benthe Forrer
Cinematography:Maarten Kramer
Editing By:Ralf Verbeek


If you consider yourself a hopeless chocoholic, this eye-opening, funny yet sobering documentary might just change your buying habits. After first exposing the cocoa industry’s reliance on child slavery in 2003, a group of Dutch journalists set out on a decade-long campaign to combat the mega-industry. Because suing a major corporation is just about impossible, they took a decidedly rebellious approach and tried to get one of their unmarried members prosecuted for knowingly purchasing goods produced through child labor and slavery. Their goal was to set a legal precedent that would impact future chocolate sales, making it illegal to buy anything but slave-free chocolate. With a large dose of humor and unrelenting perseverance, the journalists also endeavored to create the world’s first slave-free chocolate bar. This was much more difficult than they ever imagined, though the product eventually became one of the top-selling brands in the Netherlands. “The Chocolate Case” fascinatingly documents the journalists’ journey to right a global wrong. Fighting injustice within billion-dollar industries isn’t easy, as this rousing film makes clear—but it’s also not impossible. A must see at this year’s festival.

Doug Z (Fri)
The loftease (Sun)

In Memory of Dr. Ken Taylor, first TCFF donor (Fri)
The Homestead (Sun)