The Price Of Sugar

The Price Of Sugar

USA, 2007, 90 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Dominican Republic
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Political, Social Issues
Language: English, Spanish

On an island known for its tropical beauty, tourists flock to the resorts of the Dominican Republic. Not 10 miles away, thousands of dispossessed Haitians labor in the sugarcane fields under slave-like conditions, cutting cane that will eventually end up in the United States as sugar. Narrated by Paul Newman, director/co-writer Bill Haney's documentary follows Father Christopher Hartley, a charismatic Spanish priest, as he organizes some of this hemisphere's poorest people to fight for their basic human rights. Father Hartley must go up against one of the country's most powerful sugar baron families, the Vicinis, and even the government of the Dominican Republic, to give voice to these Haitians, frequently receiving threats to his own life.

DIRECTOR: Bill Haney
Principal Cast: Paul Newman (narrator)
US Distributor: Mitropoulos Films

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