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Bitter Grapes - Slavery in the vineyards



Denmark, 2016, HD Cam - Color - 57

DIRECTED BY:
Tom Heinemann

SCREENPLAY:
Tom Heinemann

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Lotte la Cour

EDITING:
Henrik Fleischer

MUSIC:
Rishi

SOUND:
Jan Olsen

PRODUCER:
Tom Heinemann / Heinemann Media

PRODUCTION:
Jakob Schaumburg

WORLD SALES:
DR International Sales

STORY DESCRIPTION:

22 years after Apartheid regime's fall, this is still the reality in many of South Africa's vineyards.In just ten years, imports of South African wine to Denmark increased by more than 78%. In Sweden South African wine is the number top three seller:“For me personally, it seems as if modern day slavery is practised on many farms, and the farmworker is almost viewed as "the property" of the employer”.The statement comes from the wine industry itself, and is part of the documentary exposing how consumers are duped by different labelling systems that would otherwise guarantee decent working conditions for people and the protection of the environment.Pesticides used without protection and in violation of the laws of South Africa. Daily wages as low as € 3,5 for 9-12 hours of work is not un-common. Unions that are denied access to their members, while the workers houses are falling apart.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

2006: A Killer Bargain 2008: A Tower of Promises 2009: The Bitter Taste of Tea 2011: The Micro Debt 2013: The Carbon Crooks 2015: A heart That Never Dies

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