BIFF 2019: 25. september - 3. oktober
Big Boys Gone Bananas

Big Boys Gone Bananas!*

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Big Food slipping on their own banana peels.

In 2009, Swedish director Fredrik Gertten made the documentary BANANAS!*, which detailed the conflict between international food and vegetable corporation Dole and workers at one of their banana plantations in Nicaragua. The criticism in the film did not please Dole, who went to considerable lenghts in their attempts to silence the director and his film. Gertten's follow-up film documents his struggle to have the film screened in the US and to steer clear of Dole's nefarious army of lawyers.

 

FREDRIK GERTTEN is an award winning director and journalist based in Malmö, Sweden. In 1994 he founded WG Film. Before that he worked as a foreign correspondent for radio and television in Africa, Latin America, Asia and around Europe. He is famous for giving his local stories a wider, more global understanding. Dole Food company chose to sue him for directing the film BANANS!* in 2009, which started his fight for freedom of speech.