Dominican Republic: Modern Day Sugarcane Slavery
On the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic, tourists flock to pristine beaches, with little knowledge that a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians are under armed guard on plantations harvesting sugarcane.
Cutting cane by machete, they work 14 hour days, 7 days a week, frequently without access to decent housing, electricity, clean water, education, healthcare or adequate nutrition. The Price of Sugar (90 mins, narrated by Paul Newman, 2007, 1 hr 29 mins) follows a charismatic Anglo-Spanish priest, Father Christopher Hartley, as he organizes some of this hemisphere’s poorest people, challenging the powerful interests profiting from their work.
Child labour, poverty and terrible working conditions lie behind the sugar you eat.
This film raises key questions about where the products we consume originate, at what human cost they are produced and ultimately, where our responsibility lies.
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Some of these movies may be available elsewhere.
The Drop Box (2015) - Netflix
Queen of Katwe - Netflix