H-2 Worker


Stephanie Black / USA / 1990 / 90mins / Documentary / English


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A fascinating exposé of Florida’s sugar cane industry guest worker program Winner of the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival, H-2 Worker reveals the systematic exploitation of Caribbean laborers by the Florida sugar industry from World War II through the 1990s. Each year more than 10,000 foreign workers were granted temporary guest worker (“H-2”) visas to spend six brutal months cutting sugar cane near Lake Okeechobee. They were housed in overcrowded barracks, denied adequate treatment for frequent on-the-job injuries, and paid less than minimum wage. Faced with deportation and soaring unemployment in their home countries, workers had little recourse but to silently accept these deplorable conditions. About Stephanie Black


Update on the Guest Worker Program

Filmmaker audio commentary

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Trailer: Life and Debt

Spanish Subtitles