Hoe Duur Was De Suiker

2013, 125 minutes

Historical drama about two young women in eighteenth-century Suriname. The Price of Sugar brings us a sensitive snapshot of raw, human emotions during slavery.

It is 1765 and the young Mini-Mini lives as a slave to her white half-sister Sarith on his father’s sugar plantation in Suriname. As Mini-Mini does everything to make Sarith happy, she becomes increasingly bitter about life in the colony. The half-sisters begin to grow further and further apart due to their different status.

The film is based on the novel by Surinamese writer and historian Cynthia McLeod. The series tells the same story as the film of the same name, but contains extra footage and is suitable for students from 12 years. A beautifully presented feature film that broaches important subjects and themes such as slavery and class differences.


Racism and/or discrimination, Slavery
Suitable for
havo/vwo - bovenbouw
vmbo b/k - leerjaar 3 & 4
vmbo t - leerjaar 3 & 4
Jean van de Velde
Country of production
Netherlands, The, Germany, South Africa
125 minutes
Age rating
12 geweld grof taalgebruik