The Price of Sugar (2007)
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Price of Sugar is designed to educate, outrage and finally spur viewers to action. That it does so with vibrant visual style and an engaging narrative makes it that rare consciousness-raising film that's not only good for you, but a joy to watch.
It's been conceived and executed as an instrument of human rights and a tool of shame. But it's the political controversy that's at the heart of this movie -- the contempt that one poor country feels toward its somewhat poorer neighbor.
In this compelling documentary, narrated by Paul Newman, Hartley comes off as a man of intense will, and he needs to be.
Haney doesn't strive for balance, and he doesn't have to; the images speak for themselves.
The tainted relationship between the dessert on our tables and the suffering of those who produce it gets a horrifying workout in Bill Haney's multilayered account of Haitian cane cutters in the Dominican Republic.
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This movie makes me want to move to Dominican Republic and volunteer for Fr Hartley. It tells the story of how Haitian workers are exploited and subjected to racism in the sugar plantations of the Dominican Republic. Very disturbing eye-opener to this cruel form of modern slavery. Well worth watching.
For the most part, very insightful on an area I knew practically nothing about. It hits on some issues and glazes over others, which kind of bugged me, but it doesn't feel like it was done to mute one side of the issue; it feels more like there just wasn't enough time in the film.
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