January 8, 2011: 'Chocolate Country' featured on the Huffington Post

November 18, 2010: We are pleased to announce that a short version of “Chocolate Country” has won an award in the ViewChange Film Contest, a competition created to highlight progress toward the United Nations Millennium Goals. A panel of celebrity judges awarded the film a $5,000 prize in the Empowerment category, and we are now featured on LinkTV’s dazzling new website Viewchange.org, which connects visitors to short films about global development and the resources to take action.

Watch the 5 minute version here.

In the isolated hill towns of the Dominican Republic, cacao farmers have been fighting a losing battle with the global economy for as long as anyone can remember. But in Loma Guaconejo, things are about to change. If the farmers here can win organic certification and market their product directly to the United States, they just might manage to turn the system on its head. But to pull it off will take the effort of an entire community.

Featuring a stirring soundtrack by local folk musicians, and an inside look at chocolate production from seed to pod to bean to powder, this thirty minute documentary won a Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival.

“A beautifully conceived rural tapestry of story, images, music and sounds, and engaging human characters. As a documentary it has all the essential elements. It's about survival, sustainability, and the triumph of human beings working together.”

-Seattle International Film Festival Jury Statement

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