Film on Plantations Spurs Backlash

Post Reply
Michael Deibert

Film on Plantations Spurs Backlash

Post by Michael Deibert » Mon Jun 04, 2007 2:42 pm


Film on Plantations Spurs Backlash

By Michael Deibert

Inter Press Serice

NEW YORK, Jun 4 (IPS) - When a man stood up at the Paris screening of director Amy Serrano's "The Sugar Babies", demanding to know how one of the film's subjects, the Belgian priest Pedro Ruquoy, could afford such a large car on his priestly salary, Ruquoy was nonplussed.

Ruquoy, who had ministered to Haitian workers in the sugarcane fields of the Dominican Republic for 30 years before being driven from the country amidst death threats in 2005, replied that, for the first several years of his time in the country, he rode a mule, and from then on, a motorcycle.

The mysterious protestor was apparently attempting to criticise another film, "The Price of Sugar" by Bill Haney, which traces the similar struggles of the Anglo-Spanish priest Father Christopher Hartley. In the film, Hartley is seen driving a 4x4 over the roads of the eastern Dominican Republic.

Due to technical problems at the Escl