New film: Sugar Pathways

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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 more information on the Gala Premiere, visit http://traveldeskstcroix.com/files/E-vite.html. You may also contact Cane Bay Films at canebayfilmsllc@gmail.com or at (340) 778-8526.

For information on the Vieques Historical Archive, contact Robert Rabin, Director, Archivo Histórico de Vieques at rrabin@icp.gobierno.pr or 787 375-0525.

11 thoughts on “New film: Sugar Pathways

  1. This film is bring shown at the us capital vistor center

    Christensen to Host Capitol Hill Screening of
    Sugar Pathways for Caribbean American Heritage Month

    (Washington, DC – June 2, 2009) – Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen will host a Capitol Hill screening of the Johanna Bermudez-Ruiz documentary Sugar Pathways on Tuesday, June 9, 2009. “I am proud to present the work of a young Crucian, who at the beginning of her career as a filmmaker, has already produced works of note that are helping to illuminate our history and our culture for ourselves and for the entire country,” Congresswoman Christensen said today. Christensen, along with her colleagues Congressional Black Caucus Chair Barbara Lee, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Nydia Velasquez and Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi will host the film which tells the story of the migration of Puerto Rican families from the island of Vieques to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
    Bermudez, who was born on St. Croix is the descendant of the families who migrated to St. Croix and as a filmmaker has told the story of survival, integration and contributions to the political, economic and social fabric of the modern Virgin Islands. Bermudez Ruiz has received recognition for her work as the winner of MAAFA Film Festival Best Short Documentary, San Juan Film Festival Hummingbird Best Short Documentary and the IMAGENATION Special Award. She is the executive director and owner of Cane Bay Films, LLC which is dedicated to the preservation of the stories of ordinary citizens.
    The screening of Sugar Pathways will celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month in conjunction with the DC Caribbean Film Festival. “I have invited my colleagues on Capitol Hill and their staff to come and view the film in support of Bermudez Ruiz and as a way for them to understand a little bit more about our territory,” Congresswoman Christensen said. The screening will take place on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at the Capitol Visitor Center South Orientation Theatre from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Shelley Thomas in Congresswoman Christensen’s office at 202-225-1790.

  2. We treat a few residents from the VI at our facility who would be very interested in this documentary. Additionally, this would be very educational for all the staff. So will you be in the LA area any time in the future? Thanks

  3. Please be specific:
    Is there a DVD available?
    If so, how may we purchase it?
    If not, will Sugar Pathways ever be put on a DVD, and when?

  4. Sugar Pathways brought to surface in my mind the many stories told to me por mi madre, Margarita Pereira Morales, mi tio, Diego Pereira y mi tia, Maria Pereira Martinez, who is still a resident of Vieques. Johanna Bermudez-Ruiz has done a wonderful job in her documentary. I’m not only proud to say we are of the same bloodline, but extremely proud to have known her during my lifetime.

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