Sugar | Pepitas de Calabaza, 2021

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Galicia, 1853. The rainiest winter in history has destroyed the crops and a cholera epidemic begins to ravage the population.

Orestes, “Coughs”, el Rañeta and Trasdelrío, “Chewed”, Tomás el de Coruña and many other youngsters who long for a better future for themselves and their families decide to leave their homes and head for Cuba to make a living on the sugar cane plantations. But this journey has in store for them an ordeal that their candid minds would never have been able to imagine.

Azucre is the fictionalised account of the true story of the 1.700 young people who travelled to Cuba to work and ended up sold into slavery by Urbano Feijóo de Sotomayor, a Galician living on the island who, taking advantage of his fellow countrymen’s situation of need, promoted a campaign of white colonisation and substitution of labour brought from Africa.

These pages, which are shockingly beautiful, hypnotic and evocative, far removed from official reports and cold analyses, give voice to those who were silenced in this terrible event which at the time constituted a real scandal and which memory cannot ignore.