Fiche Film
Cinéma/TV
LONG Métrage | 2007
Enfants du sucre (Les) | Sugar Babies (The)
Amy Serrano
Titre anglais : Sugar Babies: The Plight of the Children of Agricultural Workers in the Sugar Industry of the Dominican Republic (The)
Pays concerné : États-Unis
Réalisateur(s) : Amy Serrano
Avec : Edwige Danticat, Amy Serrano, Amy Serrano, Amy Serrano
Durée : 95
Genre : drame
Type : documentaire

Français

The Sugar Babies – Les enfants du sucre est un véritable réquisitoire pour les droits humains. A proximité des plages paradisiaques de République Dominicaine, une autre réalité : celle des Braceros, les coupeurs de canne à sucre haïtiens. Abusés, trafiqués, exploités leur sort n’a rien à envier à celui des esclaves du temps des colonies.

Ce documentaire a suscité de vives réactions des autorités dominicaines et la réalisatrice a reçu des menaces de mort des magnats de l’industrie du sucre.

Le film est disponible en français pour toute projection publique. Contactez pour plus d’informations : info@collectif2004images.org

FESTIVALS / AWARDS / SCREENINGS

Screening: April 09, 2009 – 7 pm
Venue: The Prytania, 5339 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

Screening: April 11, 2009 – 7 pm
Venue: Tekrema Center, 5640 Burgundy St., New Orleans, LA 70117 (9th Ward)

2008 | Delray Beach Film Festival 2008
* Meilleur documentaire

2007 | 3e édition du Festival International du Film Haïtien de Montréal (FIFHM) | MONTREAL, Canada
* Première Nord-américaine (le 19 septembre 2007)

English

Until now, the disturbing remnants of colonial slavery were carefully hidden in paradise…..

« The Sugar Babies » examines the moral price of sugar -present and past – from the perspective of the conditions surrounding the children of sugar cane cutters of Haitian ancestry in the Dominican Republic, and the continuing denial of their basic human rights.

While exposing those who profit from human trafficking and exploitation, the feature length documentary film « The Sugar Babies« : The Plight of the Children of Agricultural Workers in the Sugar Industry of the Dominican Republic » vividly explores the lives of those who live in circumstances that can only be considered modern day slavery. Composed of gripping field testimonies and hidden camera footage obtained during 18 months of documentation, the film also features interviews with Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Raymond Joseph, the U.S. Department of States’ Ambassador John Miller from the Office of Human Trafficking, renowned anthropologist and sugar historian Sidney Mintz, Carol Pier from Human Rights Watch, Public Interest Attorneys Bill Quigley as well as Greg Schell, and a number of activists from the field including human rights lawyer Noemi Mendez, Colette Lespinase of G.A.R.R. Haiti [Organization for Refugees and the Repatriated] and missionaries Pierre Ruquoy and Father Christopher Hartley.

Blood Sugar!
The United States Agency for International Development estimates that there are 280,000 Haitians living in the Dominican Republic without legal status.
Each year, 30,000 « clandestine » Haitians are exploited by the sugar industry in the Dominican Republic
with the complicity of the Dominican government.
There are hundreds of child-slaves, generation upon generation, for whom nothing has changed!
And, still, these children dream. They dream of a future. Tomorrow they want to become doctors, priests, rappers…
An old man asks: As long as there is a single slave on the planet earth, can any human being really pretend to be free?
We invite you to The Prytania Cinema on April 9 and to the Tekrema Center for Art and Culture on April 11 to see Sugar Babies, a film by Amy Serrano…
Let us reflect collectively on the plight of these children.

The film is narrated by award-winning author Edwidge Danticat, and contains original music by the film’s composer Bill Cruz including the songs « Branded » and « The Devil’s Work ». « The Sugar Babies » was produced through Siren Studios [Miami] in association with The Hope, Courage and Justice Project [New Orleans] and The Human Rights Foundation [New York].

Executive Producer : Claudia Chiese
Producer and Human Rights Foundation President: Thor Halvorssen
Co-Producer: Constance Haqq
Production Associate: Salvador Longoria
Editor and Art Director: Jason Ocasio
Composer and Field Recordist: Bill Cruz

The film was written, shot, produced and directed by filmmaker Amy Serrano and was launched on March 28, 2007 at 7:00 pm from the City of New Orleans at Loyola University’s Roussel Performance Hall, 6363 St. Charles Avenue. It is additionally targeted for international release via film festivals, television, universities and as an awareness creating resource for human rights organizations.

The 95 minute documentary is in Spanish, Creole, French and English and at this time, is subtitled in English.

To date, the film has encountered rabid opposition, not only from the government of the Dominican Republic, but from the sugar barons. Before the first preview screening at Florida International University in June 2007, Miami-based lawyers representing friends of the sugar industry, who own a local TV station, unsuccessfully attempted to thwart the event by sending a cease and desist letter to the university. Their letter falsely complained about 11 minutes of the film they claimed violated copyright law.

The screening went ahead.

Following the screening, the Dominican government’s representative, General Consul Manuel Almanzar, rushed the stage, took the microphone, and denounced the film. The diplomat and his entourage became agitated and were asked by police officers to take their seats or leave. Days later, a media scandal erupted in Miami when a Dominican news website claimed several journalists had been approached by the Dominican consulate with envelopes containing hundreds of dollars for negative coverage of the film. One Dominican radio producer came forward claiming that he was offered thousands of dollars in cash to give a negative review of « Sugar Babies. » According to Dominicanoshoy.com, many such envelopes containing cash between 0 and ,000 made an impact in the Caribbean media. These are just two recent occurrences involving the film which provide a sense of how threatened some people are by the truth.