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The Chocolate Farmer

The Chocolate Farmer

| 1 h 11 min

This full-length documentary takes us to an unspoiled corner of southern Belize, where cacao farmer and father Eladio Pop manually works his plantation in the tradition of his Mayan ancestors: as a steward of the land. The film captures a year in the life of the Pop family as they struggle to preserve their values in a world that is dramatically changing around them. A lament for cultures lost, The Chocolate Farmer challenges our deeply held assumptions of progress.

  • cinematography
    Rohan Fernando
    Paul Cowan
  • editor
    Hannele Halm
  • sound recordist
    Aram Kouyoumdjian
  • sound design
    Alex Salter
  • original music
    Asif Illyas
  • producer
    Annette Clarke
  • writer
    Rohan Fernando
  • director
    Rohan Fernando
  • production supervisor
    Patsy Coughran
    Candice Desormeaux
  • location manager
    Carolle Crooks
  • production co-ordinator
    Roberto Pop
  • additional cinematography
    Brent Toombs
  • transcription services
    Lisa Clarke
  • post-production coordinator
    Steve Hallé
  • title design
    Philippe Raymond
  • online editor
    Doug Woods
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • production coordinator
    Stephanie Coolen
    Vanessa Larsen
  • marketing
    Kelley Alexander
  • centre administrator
    John William Lutz
  • executive producer
    Kent Martin
    Ravida Din


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Ages 16 to 17

Study Guide - Guide 1

Media Education - Documentary Film
Science - Environmental Science
Social Studies - Development/Global Issues
Social Studies - Economics

Ask film students to examine: the use of individual voices, rather than an external narrator; how documentary can raise awareness about economic and political issues; appropriate degrees of bias in documentary. Have students examine the history of activism in Central America and the role of other countries. Have them explore current conditions in Belize (e.g., eco-tourism, the state of cooperatives and/or the economy), through strategies such as Thinking Hats and concept mapping.

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