Sugar Pathways, a documentary film by Johanna Bermudez-Ruiz will be screened tonight, May 7, at 7:30pm at Bajo El Sol Gallery (located at Mongoose Junction, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands).
Sugar Pathways is a powerful and vibrant film that recounts the story of migration by Puerto Rican families from the small Caribbean island of Vieques to the US Virgin Islands. The severe economic conditions fueled by the “Great Depression” compelled hundreds to migrate. Twenty years later, a second migration of women, men, and children occurred. This was due to the U.S. Navy’s brutal expropriation, damage and destruction they inflicted on civilian lands, homes, and properties. This riveting film tells the story of Puerto Rican families’ survival of their journeys, their integration, and their contributions to the culture, economy and politics of the U.S. Virgin Islands.