‘Nothing Like Chocolate’ screens in Avon Thursday
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What: Documentary film screening of “Nothing Like Chocolate.”
When: 6 p.m. Thursday.
Where: Avon Public Library.
More information: Call 970-949-6797.
Want to show your Valentine’s Day love with a more sustainable chocolate? The Avon Public Library concludes its sustainability film series with a free screening of the award-winning documentary “Nothing Like Chocolate” (PG) this evening.
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.
Finding hope in an industry entrenched in enslaved child labor, irresponsible corporate greed and tasteless, synthetic products, “Nothing like Chocolate” reveals the compelling story of the relentless Mott Green, founder of the Grenada Chocolate Co. (www.grenada chocolate.com). The film is narrated by Susan Sarandon.
Relocating from Oregon to Grenada in 1998, Green set out to make chocolate, from the tree to the bar, using recycled antique equipment. The neophyte entrepreneur leased 100 acres of land from a neighboring estate and established Grenada Organic Chocolate Co.
How successful will this bold experiment be? The Grenada Chocolate Co. produces less than 1 percent of the world’s chocolate, while at least 43 percent of cocoa beans come from Ivory Coast, where trafficked child labor is exploited to harvest cocoa. With a suitcase full of chocolate bars, Mott boards a plane to persuade chocolate distributors in the UK and the USA that Grenada Chocolate Company makes the best chocolate in the world. Sixty five thousand chocolate bars in stylish new packaging, stashed in air-conditioned storage, await their destiny.
This film screening is free and open to the public. Please note that some films in the series may not be appropriate for all audiences.