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The Price of Sugar (2007)

Unrated | | Documentary | 11 March 2007 (USA)
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Bill Haney
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Cast

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

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Documentary

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Country:

USA | Dominican Republic

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I timi tis zaharis See more »

Filming Locations:

Dominican Republic

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,384, 30 September 2007

Gross USA:

$3,384

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,384
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Production Co:

Uncommon Productions See more »
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Color
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see it - don't rely on fools
5 October 2007 | by normantjrSee all my reviews

I haven't seen the movie. But I will. A free market doesn't rely on hundreds of millions of dollars of annual subsidies to prop up a business, as the sugar industry does. In fact, the sugar industry in the U.S. has contributed significantly to Florida's environmental degradation. They have horribly disfigured our democracy and they have influenced greatly our foreign policy towards Cuba, completely counter to American public opinion. A previous commenter must have some personal interest in the sugar industry, or they are completely ignorant as to the realities of what a true free market is. If the previous commenter who bashes the movie was honest and had some integrity they would turn their venom towards the sugar industry in Florida from which our citizens suffer the pollution of our democracy and the defiling of our environment. The history and truth is right there for anyone to read. See the movie.


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