Screening of “The Price of Sugar” and UVM student panel

November 28, 2007 at 7:55 pm Leave a comment

Fundacion de Libertad is pleased to announce a screening of “The Price of Sugaron Wednesday, November 28th, starting at 5:00 p.m. in Room 101 of the Fleming Building on the University of Vermont campus. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion on sugar cane plantations and HIV prevention in the Dominican Republic by a recently returned University of Vermont class from the DR. This new film follows a charismatic Spanish priest as he organizes some of the western hemisphere’s poorest people, challenging powerful interests profiting from their work. When he arrives in the Dominican Republic, he’s warned against entering the sugar plantations where most of his parishioners live. Breaking a centuries old taboo, he discovers shocking examples of modern-day slavery intrinsic to the global sugar trade.

Narrated by Paul Newman, this picture raises key questions about where the products we consume originate, at what cost they are produced and ultimately, where our responsibility lies. For a preview, push play below.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with a November University of Vermont (UVM) travel-study course that has just returned from working in the Dominican Republic on expanding an HIV/AIDS prevention education program (Futbol para la Vida) in the very communities discussed about in this film. UVM classes will be returning to the DR in January and March of 2008 to work on new initiatives in community gardening and literacy.

Co-Sponsored by:
UVM Department of Plant and Soil Science
UVM English Department
UVM travel-study classes to the Dominican Republic, and

Futbol para la Vida

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