The Price of Sugar


Opening night of the 26th Annual Tucson International Jewish Film Festival!

Set in 18th century Suriname, this lush period melodrama tells the story of two half-sisters, bound by slavery and divided by love.  Sarith, a white colonialist, lives on a plantation with her personal house slave, Mini-Mini, who is also her half-sister.  Frustrated by her unhappy marriage, the independent-minded Sarith schemes within the male-dominated society she inhabits. While Sarith is slowly embittered by the hard life in the colony, Mini-Mini only wants to make her sister happy.   But when Mini-Mini suddenly gets a chance at her own happiness, will she take the opportunity to change her life forever, even if it comes at Sarith’s expense? (Dir. by Jean van de Velde, 2013, The Netherlands/Germany/South Africa, in Dutch with subtitles, 120 mins., Not Rated)

This screening is made possible by the Bob Polinsky Memorial Media Arts Fund