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The Dark Side of Chocolate (2010)

In the cocoa plantations of Ghana and the Ivory Coast, children aged from 7 to 15 years old, with the promise of paid work, they are forced into slave labour. Does the world know about the dark side of chocolate?


Miki Mistrati, U. Roberto Romano (co-director)


Miki Mistrati
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Credited cast:
Diamoutene Bakary Diamoutene Bakary ... Self
David Bateson ... Self - Narrator
Henri Blemin Henri Blemin ... Self
Mieke Callebaut Mieke Callebaut ... Self
Moussa Coulibaly Moussa Coulibaly ... Self
Frank Hagemann Frank Hagemann ... Self
Patrick Hautphenne Patrick Hautphenne ... Self
Idrissa Kante Idrissa Kante ... Self
Yaya Konate Yaya Konate ... Self
Ali Lakiss Ali Lakiss ... Self
Tohe Adam Malick Tohe Adam Malick ... Self
Mariam Marico Mariam Marico ... Self
Miki Mistrati Miki Mistrati ... Self
Zanga Traore Zanga Traore ... Self


A team of journalists investigate how human trafficking and child labor in the Ivory Coast fuels the worldwide chocolate industry. The crew interview both proponents and opponents of these alleged practices, and use hidden camera techniques to delve into the gritty world of cocoa plantations. Written by Andrew McGraw-Herdeg

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The modern slavery of children - Heartbreaking !
19 September 2011 | by alloutnowSee all my reviews

This documentary is very important and obviously done by brave people. People who care enough to tackle this extremely heartbreaking issue; the trafficking of children in the African cocoa industry.

It is heartbreaking and beyond belief to realize that the value of a human life, a child's life to be exact in this case, is considered so low that it can be bought and sold for a few euros to fulfill the wants and longings of the western world for cheap chocolate, garments, sex etc... This film is about the chocolate industry but every westerner should know that trafficking of children is a fact in many other businesses as well. How come that we who live in the west don't rise up to this travesty? Why are we constantly closing our eyes in complacency to this bitter ugliness in human nature? I am so sad after watching this excellent film that my heart hurts...

Please watch this film, if you get the chance, and recommend it to your friends and family!!!

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Release Date:

16 March 2010 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Chokladens frånsida See more »

Filming Locations:

Sikasso, Mali See more »

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Bastard Film See more »
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1.85 : 1
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