A free screening of The Price of Sugar, a documentary film about Haitians working in slave-like conditions in the sugar industry of the Dominican Republic, is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22 at the Venice Arts gallery, 1702 Lincoln Blvd., Venice.

The film augments Venice Arts’ exhibition Through the Eyes of Haitian Children, which features photographs of Haitian life taken before and after the devastating earthquake early this year by youth participants in the Haiti-based project Zanmi Lakay. The exhibit is on view through Friday, Sept. 24.

The Price of Sugar highlights the plight of the thousands of dispossessed Haitians who work under armed guards on plantations harvesting sugarcane, much of which ends up in U.S. kitchens, according to Venice Arts.

Narrated by the late actor Paul Newman and directed by Bill Haney, the film follows Father

Christopher Hartley, a charismatic Spanish priest, as he organizes some of this hemisphere’s poorest people to fight for their basic human rights. This film raises key questions about where the products people consume originate and at what human cost they are produced, according to Venice Arts.

The film won the audience award at the 2007 South by Southwest Film Festival. The screening will also serve as a closing for Venice Arts’ exhibition Through the Eyes of Haitian Children. The photography exhibition highlights the extensive work produced by participants in the photography workshops of Zanmi Lakay (Haitian Creole for “friend’s home”), who has been working with street children in Haiti for over 13 years.

Information, (310) 392-0846, or www.venice-arts.org/.

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