the minidocumentary “Two Riachões, Cocoa and Freedom”, launched in 2020 and showing the reality of cocoa production in southern Bahia, was featured in important film festivals around the world this year, including the Festival Cine Independiente de Claypole, Argentina.
At the event, the film received the award for Best Documentary in Short Film. The production and direction is by the duo Patrícia Moll and Fellipe Abreu, from the Ato de Comer project, which focuses on giving visibility to small producers and family farming.
In addition to this award, the story received the “Premio Consorzio del Formaggio Parmegiano Reggiano” at the Mente Locale Festival, in Italy, and an Honorable Mention at the traditional Vitória Film Festival, within the National Environmental Film Festival.
Filmed in the Dois Riachões settlement, in Bahia’s Southern Lowlands, the short shows the daily lives of the residents of this cocoa-producing community, which achieved financial independence and freedom after years of seeing their ancestors living in a situation analogous to slavery.
The change came through actions such as agrarian reform and training of workers in agroecology. Today, the cocoa they plant, in addition to being sold to big brands, goes to the factory-school they built and which produces the chocolate itself.
Reference: CNN Brasil