Writer, producer, and director Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz (producer of the award-winning documentary film Vieques: An Island Forging Futures) brings to us her new documentary film Sugar Pathways.
Sugar Pathways tells the riveting story of the unwilling migration by Puerto Rican families from the small Caribbean island of Vieques (Puerto Rico) to the U.S. Virgin Islands. This powerful and vibrant film recounts their will to survive, integrate and contribute to the culture, economy and politics of the Islands through personal interviews, new and archival footage, and historic documentation. According to USVI Senador Wayne James, the film informs us about “the cultural contributions of Puerto Ricans to St. Croix, their migration process from the 1920’s to the1950’s, and the resulting cultural synthesis that marked the inevitable path to multicultural world of the 21st century.”
Bermúdez-Ruiz presented the film at the Ateneo Puertorriqueño in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 6, 2009, and will be introducing it at its Gala Premiere in St. Croix. The Gala Premiere will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 6:00 PM at the Government House in Christiansted (St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands).
Documentation for this film project was provided in part by the Historical Archive of Vieques (Archivo Histórico de Vieques). The archive holds a wide variety of documents related to the population of Vieques, such as its historical relationship to St. Croix. For the past few years, the archive has developed an oral history proyect with “viequenses” who have lived or are still living in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
For information on the Vieques Historical Archive, contact Robert Rabin, Director, Archivo Histórico de Vieques at firstname.lastname@example.org or 787 375-0525.