Sugar Pathways Screening for Caribbean American Heritage Month


Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen will host a Capitol Hill screening of Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz´s 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.  Christensen, along with her colleagues Congressional Black Caucus Chair Barbara Lee, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Nydia Velásquez, 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 [also see our previous post New film: Sugar Pathways].

Bermudez, who was born on St. Croix, is the descendant of a Puerto Rican who migrated to the neighboring island. As a filmmaker, she tells the story of survival, integration and contributions to the political, economic, and social fabric of the modern U.S. Virgin Islands. Bermúdez-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.  The screening will take place on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at the Capitol Visitor Center South Orientation Theater from 6:00 to 8:30pm.

[Thanks to Rochelle Bryant and for bringing this item to my attention.]

For more information, contact Shelley Thomas in Congresswoman Christensen’s office: 202-225-1790.

Photo of Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz in action from her page:

3 thoughts on “Sugar Pathways Screening for Caribbean American Heritage Month

  1. I do not know the answer to that question, but you may want to contact the director through the blog site provided in our post.

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