Winner of the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival,
H2 Worker reveals the systematic exploitation of Caribbean
laborers by the Florida sugar industry from World War II through
the 1990s. Each year more than 10,000 foreign workers were
granted temporary guest worker ("H-2") visas to spend six brutal
months cutting sugar cane near Lake Okeechobee. They were
housed in overcrowded barracks, denied adequate treatment for
frequent on-the-job injuries, and paid less than minimum wage.
Faced with deportation and soaring unemployment in their home
countries, workers had little recourse but to silently accept these
Clandestinely filmed in the cane fields and around the workers'
barracks, H2 Worker exposes this travesty of justice, which
remained a well-kept secret for decades.