Bananas!*

Bananas!*

DVD - 2009
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A suspenseful courtroom drama that focuses on the intricacies of the global politics of food by examining the actual case of Nicaraguan banana plantation workers and their suit against Dole Food Corporation. Their corporation was suspected of using banned pesticides, which were linked to generations of sterilized workers.
Publisher: [New York] : Oscilloscope Pictures, 2009
ISBN: 9786314149802
Branch Call Number: 382.414 BAN
Characteristics: 1 dvd (87 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm
Additional Contributors: Gertten, Fredrik

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kerkrobe
Dec 27, 2015

Definitely something to consider when voting with common food purchases.

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Meleikra
Jun 19, 2015

To quote Fredrik Gertten the filmmaker - - "Dole invested millions in lawyers and media spin to suppress this story [and the film]. Stories like this one ... about poverty and injustice need to be told over and over again" However, I feel this film - Big boys gone bananas!* tells a deeper story...at what lengths corporations will go to suppress and intimidate Freedom of Speech... but not just in the US - around the world.

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lindy919
Dec 28, 2014

Complete waste of time. This not the documentary about Dole. It's the documentary about the documentary and the legal hurdles the filmmakers faced.

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akirakato
Sep 19, 2013

This is 2009 97-minute Swedish documentary directed by Fredrik Gertten about a conflict between the Dole Food Company and banana plantation workers
in Nicaragua over alleged cases of sterility caused by the pesticide DBCP.
Representing 12 Nicaraguan banana workers, Juan Dominguez sues Dole, the world's largest agricultural producer, for allegedly exposing thousands of field workers to a banned pesticide known to cause sterility.
One third of the production cost of a banana goes to pesticides.
Faced with a gruelling uphill battle, the dtermined lawyer tries to beat the odds and bring this modern day Goliath to justice.
The film was criticized by Dole for containing "patent falsehoods."
Dole appealed all verdicts in the case and accused Juan Dominguez of fabricating evidence.
April 23, 2009, Judge Chaney dismisses all Nicaraguan cases pending before her, citing serious fraud allegations.
Judge Chaney says, "We'll never know if anybody in Nicaragua was actually injured or harmed by the alleged
wrongful conduct of the defendants (Dole), and people will never have the opportunity to learn ... the truth."
Juan Dominguez is fighting all charges of fraud against him.
After a screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2009, Gertten was sued for defamation by Dole on 8 July, 2009.
The lawsuit was preceded by threats of legal action from Dole aimed against the LA Film Festival.
These threats resulted in sponsors pulling support and the film being removed from competition.
Dole dropped their lawsuit against Fredrik Gertten and Bananas!* on 15 October 2009.
In late 2010 a court in Los Angeles decided in favor of the movie crew, making it possible to release the film in the USA.
A judge awarded the filmmakers nearly $200,000 in fees and costs.
This is such a gripping, rage-inducing and heart-wrenching film that you would also like to tell your friends to watch.

kevfarley Apr 03, 2013

I'm sure there are lots of genuine Big Boys Being Bad stories out there. But is this one of them? Supposedly this film is about Freedom of the Press and the hazards of documentary film-making. BUT there is NO actual information about the pesticides used or any damage done by them (?). Little revelation was made about the evidence in the lawsuit (for very large cash 'damages') against 'Deep Pockets' Dole having been proved to be a fraud, or about the case against Dole being dismissed !? ...all of which happened AFTER the 'documentary' was already 'in the can'... and it seems the film-maker wanted the 'freedom' to show the anti-Dole film anyway !!?? (...after all, documentaries cost lots of $$$ to make.) So a big corporation tried to counter an attack that will smeer its brand name, and the film-maker resists. Could he not simply have included additional footage, and just told us the whole balanced story ? ...This script is a very "David vs. Goliath" button pusher, and its all about "lets hate the Big Corporation for persecuting a widely respected film-maker". But there is a notable absence of factual material about what had actually happened. I felt that my emotions were being 'played' by this 'poor victim' famous film-maker... and I want to expect a higher standard of balance and truth when I watch a documentary.

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dprodrig
Mar 16, 2012

A fantastic documentary which examines how one lawyer is tackling the complainants in a court case against Dole due to the extended use of fumazone knowing it's link to human infertility. The view of the standard "sleezy" lawyer in good cause mode, with his little flashes of excess (like the gold tea cup, the car), interposed with the poverty of the workers, the health concerns and the court room drama makes for intriguing viewing. The extras are also worth watching, as they'll explain even further the games played by the corporation, Standard Fruit Company (Dole) to win at any cost.

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HereHere
Jan 05, 2012

I was shocked by the fact that Dole and its parent company continued using a pesticide known to be dangerous to humans. Even the manufacturer (Dow) didn't want to send them any more Fumazone. Anyone who buys a banana should see this film.

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Jan 05, 2012

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HereHere
Jan 05, 2012

A Cuban-born, American raised lawyer stumbles onto the case of the plantation workers in Honduras (I think that was the country). He fights for small groups of the plantation workers in the hopes of getting appropriate settlements. Some personal stories are revealed, as well as some courtroom drama.

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