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The Price of Sugar

Bill Haney / Dominican Republic - United States / 2007 / 90 ' / Spanish - English / S.T. English


Peter Rhodes & Nikki Bramley
Bill Haney & Peter Rhodes
Jerry Risius & Eric Cochran
John Osborne
Claudio Ragazzi
Bill Haney, Eric Grunebaum, Tim Disney, Debra Longo, Diana Trudell & Noemi Araujo Martinez
Featuring: Father Christopher Hartley
Narrated by: Paul Newman
Post Production: PostWorks, New York
Sound Mix: Heart Punch Studios

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Awards & Festivals

Audience Award - SXSW Film Festival
Official Selection - Seattle International Film Festival
Best Human Rights Watch Award - International Black DocuFest
Witness Award, Honorable Mention - SilverDocs Film Festival
Official Selection - Docuweek Showcase

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On the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic, tourists flock to pristine beaches unaware that a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians have toiled under armed-guard on plantations harvesting sugarcane, much of which ends up in U.S. kitchens. They work grueling hours and frequently lack decent housing, clean water, electricity, education or healthcare. "The Price of Sugar" follows Father Christopher Hartley, a charismatic Spanish priest, as he organizes some of this hemisphere's poorest people, challenging powerful interests profiting from their work. This film raises key questions about where the products we consume originate and at what human cost they are produced. Narrated by Paul Newman."The Price of Sugar" raises key questions about where the products we consume originate, at what cost they are produced and ultimately, where our responsibility lies.


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