Community Film Screening: Big Sugar (Part 2)

Date and Time
February 22, 2023 6:30 pm EST
This is an online Zoom webinar event.

Suggested Donation: $5.00

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).

With the obesity epidemic sweeping the world, war is being declared on Big Sugar, though this is not the first time sugar has been put on the defensive. Being a key part of the triangular slave trade, abolitionists fought against the practice as far back as the 18th century.

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