The Price of Sugar

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"The Price of Sugar" follows a charismatic Spanish priest, Father Christopher Hartley, as he organizes some of this hemisphere's poorest people, challenging powerful interests profiting from their work. When he arrives in the Dominican Republic, he's warned against entering the sugar plantations where most of his parishioners live. Breaking a centuries old taboo, he discovers shocking examples of modern-day slavery intrinsic to the global sugar trade. On an island known for tropical beauty, tourists flock to escape winter and relax with little knowledge that just a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians are toiling away in unseen plantations harvesting sugarcane most of which ends up in the United States. Cutting cane by machete, they work 14 hour days, 7 days a week frequently without access to decent housing, electricity, clean water, education, healthcare and adequate nutrition. Often they are stateless, with neither Dominican nor Haitian identity and virtually invisible in the eyes of the law.


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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.

    Nov 15, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 9, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In this compelling documentary, narrated by Paul Newman, Hartley comes off as a man of intense will, and he needs to be.

    Nov 2, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Haney doesn't strive for balance, and he doesn't have to; the images speak for themselves.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 18, 2007
  • Illuminating and deeply distressing.

    Sep 28, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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