Jesser and the Sugar Cane

Godelieve Eijsink
The Netherlands
2016, 15 min.


Jesser is 11 and lives with his parents and sister in Nicaragua, in a small stone hut among the trees. He loves plants, but he doesn’t like sugar cane. Sugar cane is the major source of income for this poor community, but its also notorious for making people sick. Jesser’s father is one of them. The long days working under the hot sun have destroyed his kidneys. His ilness is incurable and he could die. Jesser wants to start a small agricultural business on his father’s small plot of land. With a machete, he works the field where he wants to grow all kind of vegetables one day – except sugar cane.