The Price of Sugar Poster

Release Date: September 28th, 2007

DVD Release Date: November 25th, 2008

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
In 1997, appalled by the plight of the up to 20,000 Haitians annually lured into laboring for low wages on sugar plantations in the Dominican Republic, Catholic priest Christopher Hartley begins advocating to improve their working conditions. As a missionary in a rural parish, Hartley offers medical care and organizes a strike. His efforts anger the wealthy plantation owners, who stoke the Dominicans' hatred against the Haitians they feel are taking their jobs.

Cast: Paul Newman

Director: Bill Haney

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: 2000s, Quest, Gritty, Inspiring, Underdog

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Explores an unheralded but emotionally affecting issue in a straight-forward and engaging manner. show more

  • While the political implications of the film are provocative, "Sugar" also happens to be an impressive cinematic achievement. This picture has a visual sweep that many docu films lack; the plantations and nearby towns are vividly evoked. show more

  • The film is unabashedly supportive of Father Hartley, presenting him as a stubborn saint, and depicts the wealthy owners as soulless villains. Presumably they have a different story to tell, but we wouldn't know: When the camera's on, none can be found.

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