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The Chocolate Farmer (2011)

In an unspoiled corner of southern Belize, cacao farmer and father Eladio Pop manually works his plantation in the tradition of his Mayan ancestors: as a steward of the land. A tender and ... See full summary »

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Rohan Fernando

Writer:

Rohan Fernando

Star:

Eladio Pop
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In an unspoiled corner of southern Belize, cacao farmer and father Eladio Pop manually works his plantation in the tradition of his Mayan ancestors: as a steward of the land. A tender and moving family tale, director Rohan Fernando's lush cinematic journey intimately captures a year in the life of the Pop family as they struggle to preserve their values in a world that is suddenly and dramatically changing. A lament for cultures lost, this timely and vital film challenges our deeply held assumptions of progress. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2011 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Belize

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Budget:

CAD 500,000 (estimated)
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Excellent example of the value linked to land, culture
24 May 2013 | by corinne-debraSee all my reviews

This documentary is an excellent look at one man, Eladio Pop (and his family), and his efforts to preserve cacao farming as it's been practiced for 1,000s of years by the Mayans in the Toledo District of Southern Belize.

Eladio has great energy and wisdom, and I had the privilege to meet him briefly during a visit to Agouti Cacao Farm in 2013. He reminded me of a modern Ralph Waldo Emerson or John Muir. He radiated the positive energy of a man on a mission -- a good thing, as he is up against some serious challenges in the area.

I highly recommend this film.


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