The Price of Sugar 

Documentary | Spanish, Haitian Creole with English subtitles | 90 minutes


The Vicini family owns one of the largest sugar plantations in the Dominican Republic.To help harvest the sugar cane, Vicini recruits hundreds of impoverished migrants from nearby Haiti. Vicini is all-powerful running what is his own country within a country. He maintains a police force and assures sure the workers do not escape. His guards are ruthless, beating workers who work slowly. Food is minimal, housing are shacks, and there is no medical care to those who are injured or get sick. Enter Father Christopher Hartley, a protégé of Mother Teresa, who attempts to organize the workers so they can be treated more humanely. By doing so, Father Hartley’s life is threatened. Although his life is in mortal danger, he fearlessly plows ahead. 

Major Participants:
Paul Newman (Narrator)
Father Christopher Hartley
Why Stream This Film?
Perhaps it will make us think a bit when we sit at our breakfast tables and add  sugar to our coffees.  
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 74%
  • Metacritic Score: 73
  • SXSW Film Festival: Winner, Emerging Visions Award
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival: Winner, Best Director (Bill Haney)
“The stories in THE PRICE of SUGAR are told with urgency, passion and artistry. They invite us, with warmth and compassion, to look.
Ann Hornaday

Washington Post

THE PRICE of SUGAR is narrated in calm, gravelly tones by Paul Newman. Like most documentary polemics, it simplifies the issues it confronts and selects facts that bolster its black-and-white, heroes-and-villains view of raw economic power.
Stephen Holden

The New York Times

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