Keep posted for details of the festival’s Bay Area Premiere of Fredrik Gertten’s documentary, BANANAS!*, a suspenseful, layer-peeling, court room drama within the global politics of food and First vs. Third world dynamics.
Directed by Fredrik Gertten, Sweden’s pre-eminent documentarian and investigative journalist, BANANAS!* focuses on a slippery fact trail and a landmark and highly controversial legal case pitting a dozen Nicaraguan plantation workers against Dole Food Corporation and its alleged usage of a deadly banned pesticide and its probable link to generations of sterilized workers.
The film has recently screened to sold-out crowds at the Berlinale, Los Angeles Film Festival, EcoFilm Rodos, and IDFA Amsterdam, to name a few.
In a further twist to the BANANAS!* story, Dole Food Co. filed a defamation lawsuit against filmmaker Gertten on July 8, 2009, and additional claims of Fraud against the original ruling. On November 20, 2010, a Los Angeles Superior Court ruled against Dole and in favor of the filmmaker’s “right of free speech”. For further information on the film and the incredible legal drama which has happened since visit: www.bananasthemovie.com
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