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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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