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The Price of Sugar

The Price of Sugar, recently short-listed for an Academy Award nomination, is the story of Father Christopher Hartley, a Spanish priest who fights for the rights of the thousands of Haitians toiling in the sugarcane fields.
December 12, 2007


The way sugarcane is harvested in the Dominican Republic is anything but sweet. Dispossessed Haitians that work under the supervision of armed guards on the scenic island endure long hours, and are often deprived of basic necessities like water and electricity. The Price of Sugar, recently short-listed for an Academy Award nomination, is the story of Father Christopher Hartley, a Spanish priest who fights for the rights of the thousands of Haitians toiling in the sugarcane fields.

An Uncommon Productions film, with partners Bill Haney and Tim Disney

Wrapped: September 2006

Upcoming public screenings: Chicago, January 4-12, 2008 and Denver, January 11-17

Length: 90 minutes

Rights available: Television rights worldwide, with the exception of Canada

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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