About H-2 Worker


To order "H-2 Worker" for home video use, please send a check for $35.00 to:
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H-2 Worker is a controversial expose of the travesty of justice that takes place around the shores of Florida's Lake Okeechobee-a situation which, until the film's release, has been one of America's best-kept secrets. There, for six months a year, over 10,000 men from Jamaica and other Caribbean islands perform the brutal task of cutting sugar cane by hand-a job so dangerous and low-paying that Americans refuse to do it.

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  • Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, 1990 Sundance United States Film Festival
  • Best Cinematography, 1990 Sundance United States Film Festival
  • "'H-2 Worker' is that rare hybrid that succeeds as both film and advocacy. The documentary's look and form is smooth and sophisticated ... [and] it solidly frames issues about the economy, employment and the treatment of workers who seem just steps away from slavery."      -The New York Times
  • "With admirable fluency, Black combines straightforward information and analysis with more evocative glimpses of the workers' lives .... Black and her collaborators have an unsentimental conviction that these workers are fully human, that they experience not just anger and suffering but also love and pleasure - and even hope."      -The Nation
  • Presented by the Semaine Internationale de la Critique Francaise as its U.S. representative at the 1990 Cannes International Film Festival.
  • Won critical and audience acclaim when screened at the New Directors/New Films Festival in New York and the London Film Festival.