Documentary Screening: The Sugar Babies

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: FHI Garage - C105, Bay 4, 1st Floor, Smith Warehouse

A Haiti Lab event.

Please join us for a screening of The Sugar Babies: The Plight of the Children of Agricultural Workers in the Sugar Industry of the Dominican Republic, a documentary by Amy Serrano and narrated by author Edwidge Danticat. Professor Jacques Pierre, linguist and affiliated faculty of the Haiti Lab, is hosting the screening. Light refreshments and pizza will be served before the film.

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 continued denial of their basic human rights. While exposing those who profit from human trafficking and exploitation, the feature length documentary film also explores the lives of those who live in circumstances that can only be considered modern day slavery. Composed of field testimonies and hidden camera footage, 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, as well as a number of other experts and concerned activists.

Professor Pierre was born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. He studied Haitian Creole and French Applied Linguistics at the State University of Haiti. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer in French, Haitian Creole and Culture in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University and Core Affiliated Faculty in the Haiti Lab.