El Cacao: A Short Documentary Film by Michelle Aguilar

In the lush rainforest of Bocas del Toro, Panama, an indigenous cacao farmer, his wife and grandchildren confront environmental and economic complexities as they grow, harvest and sell cacao beans for a global chocolate market. Does Fair Trade Certification really work? Documenting the exceptional wisdom, unconditional devotion and proven ancient farming techniques of one hard-working Ngäbe farmer, Samuel Murillo, El Cacao complicates the question by examining the fairness of his trade.

El Cacao highlights the following themes: 

Indigenous rights

Farm worker rights

International trade

Neoliberal Ideology 

Fair Trade labeling 

Latin American/Latino issues 

Generational tendencies  

Food production 

Commodities trade 

Environmental complexities 

Cultural geography

Economics of trade