MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,672 this week

The Price of Sugar (2007)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 128 users   Metascore: 73/100
Reviews: 7 user | 17 critic | 11 from Metacritic.com

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 9272 titles
created 07 Nov 2011
 
a list of 950 titles
created 10 Nov 2011
 
list image
a list of 38 titles
created 16 Apr 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 11 Jul 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Price of Sugar (2007)

The Price of Sugar (2007) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Price of Sugar.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A coal mining corporation and a tiny community vie for the last great mountain in Appalachia in a battle for the future of energy that affects us all.

Director: Bill Haney
Stars: Susan Bird, Don Blankenship, Ron Burris
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Honest Man: the Life of R. Budd Dwyer is a movie about politics and corruption, suicide and survival. Four years in the making, it explores the scandal that led an honest, hard-working man ... See full summary »

Director: James Dirschberger
Stars: Dyan Dwyer, Joanne Dwyer, R. Budd Dwyer
Documentary | Adult
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Examines the unprecedented role that commercial pornography occupies in American popular culture. The film explores what happens when images of sexual degradation are used for arousal.

Directors: Miguel Picker, Chyng Sun
Stars: Matthew Tennie, Gregory Mitchell, Stephanie Cleveland
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An overview of the politics, social effects and problems associated with the rising epidemic of American obesity.

Director: Steven Greenstreet
Stars: Richard Atkinson, Denise Austin, Brooke Bates
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Director: Lee Fulkerson
Stars: Lee Fulkerson, Matthew Lederman, Alona Pulde
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

JFK High School, located in the midst of a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey, is a public school for all types of students with special education needs, ranging from those on the autism ... See full summary »

Director: Samantha Buck
Stars: Alyce Barnhardt, Carla Byrd, Johnson Green
The Auction (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Gaby owns a farm on which he raises lambs: Bouchard & Sons Farm. But he has no sons. Rather, he has two daughters that he raised like princesses and who live far away, in the big city. One ... See full summary »

Director: Sébastien Pilote
Stars: Gabriel Arcand, Gilles Renaud, Lucie Laurier
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Daniel Díaz Torres
Stars: Tomás Cao, Yuliet Cruz, Laura De la Uz
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Miguel makes the journey that his grandfather cannot make because he is locked up by his own family. The mission is very simple, go to a funeral and leave an army jacket on the grave of an ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Morais
Stars: Ibrahim Bardisi, Blanca Bautista, Sergio Caballero
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Around midnight, a young couple and their transvestite maid prepare for an orgy. Their guests will be The Slut, The Star, The Stud and The Teen.

Director: Yann Gonzalez
Stars: Kate Moran, Niels Schneider, Nicolas Maury
Black Metal Veins (Video 2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Black Metal Veins unflinchingly documents the dark realities of despair and morbid self annihilation surrounding the lives of five heroin junkies. The addicts' intertwining stories of pain,... See full summary »

Director: Lucifer Valentine
Supernova (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Meis is fifteen, lives in the back of beyond and aspires to a grand and stirring life, but all that happens is the passing of the time, waiting for the next car to run into the front of the house.

Director: Tamar van den Dop
Stars: Gaite Jansen, Tamar van den Dop, Bob Schwarze
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Christopher Hartley ...
Himself (as Father Christopher Hartley)
...
Narrator
Edit

Storyline

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, most of which ends up in US kitchens. 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 follows a charismatic Spanish priest, Father Christopher Hartley, as he organizes some of this hemisphere's poorest people, challenging the powerful interests profiting from their work. 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. Written by Louise Rosen Ltd.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Unrated
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

11 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I timi tis zaharis  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

How the commodity-dependence trade works hell on latter-day heroes
19 June 2012 | by (Sonar Sound) – See all my reviews

Paul Newman's narration of The Price of Sugar occurred after he had moved from acting roles to voice roles and narration. It was the second-to-last film in which he had direct involvement before his death in 2008. The film made it onto the Academy's documentary feature shortlist for the Oscars.

Newman's participation helped call attention to the plight of undocumented Haitians recruited by the Vicini family in the Dominican Republic to work on their sugar plantations in extraordinarily squalid and pathogenic conditions. Deprived of their identity papers on arrival, and looked down upon by many among the lighter-skinned local population, most sugarcane workers and their families could no longer leave the plantation, let alone the country.

Father Christopher Hartley is a Catholic missionary priest who grew up in a wealthy Spanish family that moved to London about the time he was born. He later worked with Mother Teresa in Calcultta for many years and with Latino immigrants in NYC before beginning his ministry in the Dominican Republic. There he revived a church by developing close ties with the poorest of the poor. Gradually he drew international attention to the exploitation and mistreatment of the Haitians sequestered on vast plantations devoted to growing tall, perennial, sucrose-rich Saccharum grasses.

The film is about Hartley, his campaign to improve the social and working conditions he encountered, his commitment to his parish, and the effect his doggedness had on the forgotten lives of migrant Haitians. He may have a bit too much photogenic chic and ease around camera crews for some tastes — suffer the upper-class priest to go unto the cutters and forbid his amour-propre not — but indisputably Hartley lived and worked for a decade in places others feared to dread.

If you number among those who tire of seeing religion expropriated for political gain — or if you tend to find people who walk the talk against very long odds more noteworthy than various permutations of Idol shows — you might appreciate this fleeting glimpse behind the DR's PR: Tropical Island Nation Prospers by Rising to Meet Demand of First-World Neighbors.

If your conscience has the wherewithal to trump comfort, prepare to squirm. The Price of Sugar shows how profiteers knowingly degrade the lives of unseen thousands so that a chunk of the world's largest crop, sugarcane, may wend its way from its raw state to refined American kitchens.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
wow blackbeard213
Discuss The Price of Sugar (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?