Shady Chocolate
(45 min) Denmark/Ivory Coast
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Wednesday 10/23, 7:20 PM (Session 22)

Director: Miki Mistrati
Producer: Helle Faber


Ever since it was revealed that chocolate industry on the Ivory Coast has been involved in child slavery, these businesses have been busy – due to consumer demands – explaining what exactly it does to actively fight trafficking and child labor? Does the industry live up to its promises? These corporations maintain that they provide education, medical care and other needs for these children. The filmmakers attempt to uncover whether the chocolate industry, one of the largest corporations in the world follows through on their pledges. Unfortunately, the project runs into trouble from the get-go because the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire Embassy won't let the filmmaker enter the country until he has an invitation – from the chocolate industry!


Miki Mistrati has been working as a journalist since 1994 for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR1 and DR2), TV2/Denmark, Nordic Film & TV and Bastard Film. Miki is the co-founder and owner of Bastard Film 2000-2009, and has produced more than 40 documentaries and features: The MC War, The Secret Service I-III, Case Elisabeth Vaever, Greatness and Fall, The Bodyguard, The Beauty Queen, S.O.S. – a call for help, The Police Agent I-II, The Experiment, The Big Killer, Inside out of the Porn Industry, The Mysterious Dead I-II, Honour Killing I-II, Fail of Elders, Fail of Sjaelor, Mentally Stupid?, The Dead of the Opera, The Ghost Driver, The Accidental Terrorist, Convicted of Terrorism and The Dark Side of Chocolate. Awards: Nils Ufer Prize, The News Award, The Cavling Award, The Victor Award, The Documentary Award of the Year UNDPI Bronze Best Documentary, Tutti Nello Stesso Piatto International Film Festival.

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