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Victims of Cheap Coffee

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Collapsing prices on the world coffee market have thrown millions of growers around the world into poverty. The price farmers receive for coffee is at its lowest in over thirty years. Coffee plantation owners are bankrupt and the workers are starving. Filmed in Nicaragua and Vietnam, the film describes the human consequences that the collapse of coffee prices has caused in producer countries. Among the poorest countries in Latin America, Nicaragua is more dependent on coffee production than other South American countries Rosa Maria Mendez buried her six-year-old son, who had died of starvation. "We have nothing left but to wait for death," she says as she looks after her five surviving children. Vietnam, one of the few remaining socialist countries, began to take steps toward a marke [...]
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2004