Big Sugar

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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  1. You know, this was a really interesting doc, but they could have done without all the scenes of torture. Everyone knows slaves were and are treated appallingly, as subhuman, and that slavery needs to end once and for all. So do we need all the dramatics and the screaming in the background every time they talk about it? I’m trying to listen to what the person is saying, and they keep cutting to scenes of people (actors representing slaves) being branded and tortured. How am I supposed to learn and pay attention when they’re doing that!? I don’t need to see and hear actors acting like they are getting burned alive to know how horribly slaves are treated. It reeks of sensationalism and takes away from the seriousness of this subject. Focus on what we can do to help these people NOW.

  2. Aaah with sugar at all times highs, it is good to be a sugar dealer.

    Opium dont got crap on me.

  3. It is just incredible how in the 21 century there is slavery. More incredible is how people does not do anything to stop it. Those hatians are human and do not deserve to live in those conditions. It is really sad. I think the person who did this documentary did a great job by showing to the public and the world what is hidden behind the sugar we all get from the supermarket. It si really sad.