Big Sugar

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Documentary about Big Sugar, from its early days with ties to slavery to modern times with its detrimental effects on the everglades and political ties. Written & Directed by: Brian McKenna. Produced by: Galafilm in 2005.

Big Sugar explores the dark history and modern power of the world’s reigning sugar cartels. Using dramatic reenactments, it reveals how sugar was at the heart of slavery in the West Indies in the 18th century, while showing how present-day consumers are slaves to a sugar-based diet.

Going undercover, Big Sugar witnesses the appalling working conditions on plantations in the Dominican Republic, where Haitian cane cutters live like slaves. Workers who live on Central Romano, a Fanjul-owned plantation, go hungry while working 12-hour days to earn $2 (US).

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