H-2 Worker

by Stéphanie Black

1990 Selection


Feature Film

H-2 Worker is a film exposing the brutal exploitation of Jamaican guestworkers by the Floride sugar cane industry.
It is a controversial expose of the travesty of justice that takes place around the shores of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, a situation which, until now, has been one of America’s best-kept secrets. There, for six months each year, over 10,000 men from Jamaica and the other Caribbean islands perform the brutal work of cutting sugar cane by hand, a job so dangerous and lowpaying that Americans refuse to do it.
H-2 Worker is the first documentary to tell the story of these men named for their special temporary guestworker «H-2» visas.