EFFY Favorite

Friday, April 13th, 4:00pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

Join us for a special showing of BANANAS!* (from EFFY 2010), the film at the center of this year's BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*. This is the documentary that made Dole so upset in the first place.

Juan “Accidentes” Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he tackles the Dole Food Company in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known to cause sterility. Can he beat the giant, or will the corporation get away with it? In BANANAS!*, filmmaker Fredrik Gertten sheds new light on the global politics of food.

One third of the production price of the average banana is used simply to cover the cost of pesticides. All over the world, banana plantation workers are suffering and dying from the effects of these pesticides. Juan Dominguez, a million-dollar personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles, is on his biggest case ever representing over 10,000 Nicaraguan banana workers claiming to be afflicted by a pesticide known as Nemagon. Dole Food and Dow Chemicals are on trial.

Another banana worker is being buried in a small northern town in Nicaragua. For his whole life, Alberto Rosales used his machete to remove weeds from below the banana plants. His son says his last years were filled with pain, a body that was itching all night — and in the end his kidneys stopped working.

About the Filmmaker

Fredrik Gertten will be present for the screening of BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* to host a discussion after the film on Thursday, April 12th at 7pm at the Whitney Humanities Center.

Fredrik Gertten is an award winning director and journalist based in Malmö, Sweden. In 1994 he founded the production company WG Film. Before he worked as a foreign correspondent and columnist for radio, TV and press in Africa, Latin America, Asia and around Europe. Today he combines film making with a role as a creative producer on WG Film – famous for local stories with a global understanding, with several films catching the identity and transformation of his hometown. Featuring international stars like footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic in True Blue - The Way Back and architect Santiago Calatrava in The Socalist, the Architect and the Twisted Tower, among others. Dole Food company made his film BANANAS!* controversial by suing the company, producer and director. The fight for the film and freedom of speech won international recognition. In Sweden awarded with several prices including the Anna Politkovskaya freedom of speech award.

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Friday, April 13th, 4:00pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

Genre: Documentary
Year: 2009
Running Time: 80 Min.


Director: Fredrik Gertten
Producers: Margarete Jangård, Bart Simpson
Editors: Jesper Osmund
Cinematography: Frank Pineda
Narrative Consultant: Niels Pagh Andersen

2012 Films & Events

· Bananas!*
· Bestiaire
· Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
· Chimpanzee
· Colin Beavan, ‘No Impact Man’
· Eating Alabama
· EFFY After Dark
· Enjoy Your Meal!
· Filmmaking Workshop with Andrew Grace
· Surviving Progress
· The Atomic States of America
· The Island President
· The Last Mountain
· The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
· The Whale