Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  52 minutes
Date:  2010
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
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The Chocolate Farmer

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This tender and moving tale captures a year in the life of a Belize cacao farm family.

The Chocolate Farmer

"Without the land, we will cease to exist."

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 Fernandos 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

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Main credits

Fernando, Rohan (film director)
Fernando, Rohan (screenwriter)
Clarke, Annette (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Rohan Fernando, Paul Cowan; editor, Hannele Halm; original music, Asif Illyas.

Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Central America
Indigenous Studies
Latin American Studies

Distributor subjects

Developing Countries
Cacao growers
Traditional farming
Land tenure


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