The Price of Sugar (2007)

Price of Sugar
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 30mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords human rights, workplace
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Peter Rhodes Editor n/a 172 7000001
Eric Cochran Cinematographer n/a 402 6000002
Jerry Risius Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Nikki Bramley Assistant Editor n/a 203 7000002
Claudio Ragazzi Composer n/a 120836 8000001
John Osborne Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Noemi Araujo Translator n/a 741 12000001
Peter Rhodes Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Bill Haney Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Bill Haney Producer n/a 3 3000001
Bill Haney Director n/a 2 2000001
Father Christopher Hartley Actor Himself 1 1000002
Eric Grunebaum Producer n/a 3 3000002
Tim Disney Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Diana Trudell Associate Producer n/a 171 3000005
Debra Longo Associate Producer n/a 171 3000004
Paul Newman Actor Narrator 1 1000001
Synopsis
Follows a charismatic Spanish priest, Father Christopher Hartley, as he organizes some of this hemisphere's poorest people, challenging powerful interests profiting from their work. When he arrives in the Dominican Republic, he's warned against entering the sugar plantations where most of his parishioners live. Breaking a centuries old taboo, he discovers shocking examples of modern-day slavery intrinsic to the global sugar trade. On an island known for tropical beauty, tourists flock to escape winter and relax with little knowledge that just a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians are toiling away in unseen plantations harvesting sugarcane most of which ends up in the United States. Cutting cane by machete, they work 14 hour days, 7 days a week frequently without access to decent housing, electricity, clean water, education, healthcare and adequate nutrition. Often they are stateless, with neither Dominican nor Haitian identity and virtually invisible in the eyes of the law.