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.
Here's the recording of our post-screening panel discussion with:
- Director Fredrik Gertten
- Sven Hughes, Strategic Communications advisor to international businesses (who features in the film)
- Charmian Gooch, the Founding Director of Global Witness
- Chaired by Jennifer Robinson, human rights lawyer and director of Legal Advocacy at the Bertha Foundation
"A David-and Goliath story that delves into corporate scare tactics, legal effrontery, brand protection, media manipulation, online propagandizing and craven behavior." – Variety
"Fredrik Gertten's sobering and insightful Big Boys Gone Bananas!*should be compulsory viewing for any wannabe documentary filmmaker embarking on their investigative opus without a fear in the world" – Screen Daily