It has just been confirmed that my film will screen in Malibu, California (please see below) on the above date. I know this is very short notice, but if you are in LA, please do come to the screening. And if you are not in LA, please do send this message to everyone you can think of!
I think I also mentioned that I have signed a contract with Bullfrog Films for Educational Distribution starting as of now'ish. I am very pleased (indeed I am honoured) as they are the finest educational distributor in the USA (and perhaps in the world!). However, this means I cannot send out consumer DVDs until mid July 2013, at the earliest. But you may, of course, come to any screenings you can. But then I will send you your copy.
Sunday, December 9, 4:30PM (Note earlier time)
Screening of NOTHING LIKE CHOCOLATE
with filmmaker Kum Kum Bhavnani for Q & A
Deep in the rain forests of Grenada, anarchist chocolate-maker Mott Green operates an unusual chocolate factory that turns out delicious creations unknown to a world saturated with industrially produced cocoa.
Nothing like Chocolate, a documentary narrated by Susan Sarandon, tells the moving story of the relentless and headstrong Mott Green, founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company, as he pursues his unique vision to create the best chocolate in the world. See how the smallest chocolate factory in the world is doing enormous things for cocoa communities, and the world's sweet tooth.
I am a university professor by day and a filmmaker by night. I have lived on a few continents in my life, but have been settled in California for the last 20 years, via India and London. I live with my two fabulous children, Cerina and Amal (see if you can spot them at the end of the trailer!), and my equally fabulous partner, John.
My first film was the feature documentary, The Shape of Water, narrated by Susan Sarandon (www.theshapeofwatermovie.com), which screened in Istanbul, Rome, Barcelona, London, Toronto, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Abu Dhabi. The Shape of Water won a number of awards including Best Documentary (Queen’s International Film Festival and Miami Women’s International Film Festival), the World Cinema Award (DC Independent Film Festival), and Best Director (San Francisco Women’s Film Festival), as well as two HUGO awards.
The Shape of Water was also selected as the centerpiece for the Human Rights section at the 2008 Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi. After the screening, I was on a panel with Susan Sarandon, discussing human rights in relation to the film. Imagine how pleased I was with that event!
In making The Shape of Water, I discovered how much I love making films – from concept right up to the final push in post-production. Films reach a much wider audience than do academic books and articles, and as a medium for social justice and changing the world, films have a different and, at times, a very immediate impact. That is why I now make films: to try to speed up process of social justice.
I am very passionate about my new film Nothing Like Chocolate. Knowing the harsh conditions faced by the people, often children, who harvest cocoa in West Africa and elsewhere around the world, I knew I had to spread the word about how all of this might be done differently.
My hope is that this story will help inspire a new generation of people also passionate for change.
– Kum-Kum Bhavnani
“Mixing the bitter with the sweet, the factual and the idealistic, the documentaryNothing like Chocolate gives a macro and micro perspective on the beloved sweet stuff. Smartly directed...”
– Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara Independent
“An engaging movie that provokes both the brain and the taste buds.”
–Brent Simon, Shockya.com
Date: Sunday, December 9, 2012
4PM to see the Hieroglyph of the Human Soul
Home of Carla and Leigh McCloskey in Malibu,CA
RSVP as Space is Limited
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