Like slaves in freedom

An investigative documentary about Haitian laborers in the Dominican Republic


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Every year, thousands of young people coming from Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, decide to leave behind their homeland and loved ones in hopes to improve their lives in the nearby Dominican Republic. But what they find is a cruel reality. Most of them end up stem cutting in the sugarcane fields, which once made the island of Hispaniola the most profitable colony in the world. Although more than two centuries have passed since then, the laborer’s conditions do not seem to have changed from those of their ancestor slaves.


Directed by:
Subject, editing and cinematography: Raúl Zecca Castel
Production: RZC
Language: Italian
Running time: 19 minutes