Nothing Like Chocolate
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Nothing Like Chocolate
Dir. Kum-Kum Bhavnani, US, 2012, video, 63 mins
Presented by Bull Gervasi
Deep in the rain forests of Grenada, anarchist chocolatier Mott Green seeks solutions to the problems of a ravaged global chocolate industry. Solar power, employee shareholding and small-scale antique equipment turn out delicious chocolate in the hamlet of Hermitage, Grenada. Nothing Like Chocolate tells the compelling story of the former Philadelphia resident and founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company Cooperative, as he pursues his unique vision to create the best chocolate in the world, ethically and taste-wise.
Also featuring Nelice Stewart, an independent cocoa farmer in Grenada, the documentary offers an intimate portrait of the parallel lives of Mott and Nelice, and shows how the Caribbean island of Grenada has become home to this revolutionary venture. In a world of mass-produced chocolate – often made with cocoa harvested by trafficked child labor – and bean prices that have fueled civil war in West Africa, this artisanal “smallest chocolate factory in the world” is fast becoming a serious competitor to the industrial chocolate familiar to most of us. With a rich blend of human ingredients missing in corporate chocolate, the Grenada Chocolate factory, a worker-owned cooperative, draws on solar power, employee shareholding and small-scale antique equipment to make delicious, organic, and socially conscious chocolate. Each step in the production process, from cocoa pod to candy bar, involves ethical and sustainable methods aimed at empowering the community of farmers and the workers involved. The tree-to-bar venture of the Grenada Chocolate Company Cooperative makes 24 tons of chocolate bars a year, and Nothing Like Chocolate serves up a deliciously radical experience.
Mariposa Food Co-op will be selling Grenada Chocolate bars at the screening, Karen Kirchhoff will be exhibiting photos from her trip to visit Mott & The Grenada Chocolate Company in January, Green Street Coffee Roasters will be sampling their coffee, Bindlestiff Books will have books for sale… and more!
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