Big Boys Gone Bananas!*

Gertten’s last film, BANANAS!* (Award Winner at SFGFF 2011) recounts the lawsuit that twelve Nicaraguan plantation workers brought against the Dole Food Company. Within weeks of the film's completion, he was embroiled in a legal and public-relations battle to save the premiere, the film, his reputation, and his freedom of speech. Big Boys Gone Bananas!* is a telling case study of the power of individuals to fight back.

Directors

Fredrik Gertten

Country

Sweden

Year

2011

Running Time

90 mins 

Watch the Film

www.bigboysgonebananas.com

   

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Big_Boys_Gone_Bananas!*.jpgIn April 2009, Gertten learned that the world premiere of BANANAS!* (Award Winner, SFGFF 2011) - his documentary about a lawsuit against the Dole Food Company - would take place at a major film festival in Los Angeles. Within weeks, he was embroiled in a legal and public-relations battle to save his premiere, his film, his reputation, and his freedom of speech. While censorship is, sadly nothing new, its insidious power to gain startling immediacy by playing out in front of Gertten’s camera. The filmmakers find themselves painted as villains due to Dole’s shrewd PR moves - even before their film has been screened. Gertten takes the offensive, filing a countersuit and media campaign of his own to confront Dole’s overgrown-schoolyard-bully tactics. As demonstrated in actions held around the globe, corporations are being taken to task for their disproportionate political and financial influence. This film is a telling case study of the power of individuals to fight back. ~ Sundance Film Festival

Screening: June 04, 2013 at New People Cinema.

Discussion with: Maddie Oatman, Research Editor, Mother Jones; Djordje Padejski, Founder & Project Director of the FOIA Machine at Center for Investigative Reporting.