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Creative studio Nice and Serious collaborated with the Rainforest Alliance and Adrien Koffi Kouadio, “a cocoa farmer, family man, a community leader and football lover” in the village of Paul Kru, Côte d’Ivoire, to answer the question: Who grows the cocoa in your chocolate bar?

Related reading: How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? Related watching: Coconut: Nose to Tail, Cider Farm, China’s organic farm to table movement, and how cheese is made. (Hint: sometimes robots assist).

Above, a classic performance by French actor and mime Marcel Marceau. He was inspired to mime at five years old when his mother took him to a Charlie Chaplin film, but his tragic and inspiring years in France during World War II also influenced his path into the artform.

The world’s most renowned mime, Marceau’s silent work became known globally on a world tour in 1955-56. NPR’s and The New York Times’ 2007 obituaries for Marceau, born Marcel Mangel, celebrate his unique ability to express anguish, hope, and innocence without words.

There’s more communication, more performances, and a few mimes in the archives.

Le Merle (the Blackbird) is a cutout animation directed in 1958 by cinematic innovator Norman McLaren. Based on a French-Canadian folksong, the story tells of a bird who loses a beak, a neck, eyes, wings, legs, etc, and then finds them in duplicate and triplicate.

In the archives: McLaren’s Spook Sport and Boogie Doodlemore 1950s greatness, and one more from the National Film Board of Canada: How Do They Recycle Steel?