Swedish director Frederick Gertten was thrilled when his film Bananas!* was accepted into the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film, an examination of food giant Dole's devastating use of pesticides in Nicaragua, would be having its world premiere in the same city as Dole's global headquarters. Despite not having seen the film, Dole was determined to brand Gertten as a liar and they began bombarding the LA Film Festival, demanding it be removed from the programme with shocking results.
In the midst of a quickly unfolding David vs. Goliath story, Gertten does what any self-respecting documentary maker does - he starts filming. The result is a shocking case of corporate bullying and PR-spin and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* is a must-see film for anyone interested in the right to free speech in an increasingly nasty world.
After the film we will be joined for a Q&A with director Fredrik Gertten, Sven Huges (Communications advisor to international businesses and features in the film), Charmian Gooch, the Founding Director of Global Witness and Jennifer Robinson (human rights lawyer).
With thanks to Dogwoof, good with film.