Tuesday, June 09, 2009


Highly acclaimed, nominated for the Grand Jury Prize of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and for the 2009 Independent Spirit Award.

Sugar is the story of Miguel "Sugar" Santos, a 20 year old pitching phenom from the Dominican Republic who arrives in the US to find that he's basically cannon fodder for the professional baseball farm team system. Baseball is merely the vehicle for exploring the culture shock experienced by a talented import and the reality of the pursuit of the American Dream through sports.

Sugar is the antithesis of the Disneyfication of the sports story. We travel with Sugar, experiencing his triumphs, his alienation and his self-respect salvaging choice.

No pat answers here, but plenty of thought provoking depth. Even Sugar is left wondering.

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