"The film Dole Food Co. doesn't want you to see"- Uprising Radio
The 17th annual Zimbabwe International Film Festival is screening "Bananas!*" on two occasions. Th... »
The plantation workers are yet to receive the just compensation for their mistreatment. But at least... »
BANANAS!* follows a legal case between Dole and banana workers from Nicaragua. The very case in the ... »
Recently named the 2013 Latino Attorney of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association, Juan ... »
Banana workers and their families from the Philippines have posted very strong and worrying testimon... »
The legal case we followed in BANANAS!* is still ongoing. Our film closed when the jury came down wi... »
BANANAS!* covered just a tiny portion of the ongoing fight for workers health in relation to the use... »
The follow-up to BANANAS!* is the true story about a Swedish filmmaker and a banana corporation. Dir... »
This is our Distrify player, which allows you to watch the trailer and the whole film anywhere on ... »
The NYC based distributor Oscilloscope, founded by Adam Yauch from The Beastie Boys, has now release... »
Dan Koeppel is the author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World as well as a contr... »
Last week, a relieved Juan Dominguez provided us with a closing letter from The State Bar Of Califor... »
The 1st San Francisco Green Film Festival (SFGFF), which made its debut March 3-6, 2011, announced o... »
Frontline Club in London presents a special screening of BANANAS!* Monday 24th of January. Fredrik... »
Austrian distributor Poool Filmverleih takes on BANANAS!* in a new and groundbreaking way. For the ... »
Steve Condie is the lawyer representing the banana workers in the ongoing Tellez vs. Dole case. Fred... »
Monday afternoon, the filmmakers behind BANANAS!* celebrated at the Malmö office with friends and... »
Holding that the film Bananas!*, a “documentary on the topic of [Dole’s] treatme... »
(Last update: December 5, 2010)
BANANAS!* was one of the most talked about documentary films... »
Listen up UK fans! Dogwoof now brings BANANAS!* to the UK shelves.
The DVD comes in an eco-frie... »
BANANAS!* won second prize in the "feature length" category at the Ecofilms festival 20... »
Dole has requested to postpone the hearing in the BANANAS!* case that was supposed to be held this ... »
In a few days, BANANAS!* director Fredrik Gertten is flying from Sweden to Los Angeles to face Do... »
BANANAS!* comes back to Los Angeles for one time screenings on June 23, 2010. Oscilloscope Laborator... »
Olá, amigos do BANANAS!*
Bart here, back in Canada after a great experience at FICA... »
If you do a search on the term “DBCP” on google.com, Dole shows up in the “sponsored links”... »
The BANANAS!* fever in the UK continues with the DVD release on July 12th, just in time for a Long-D... »
The legal battle between Dole Food and Nicaraguan banana workers continues. In 2007, the multi-mil... »
The Telegraph (18/4/10)
"The denouement, far from the David-slaying-Goliath narrative th... »
London based distributor Dogwoof brought BANANAS!* to UK cinemas on Friday 16th April with a ... »
Oscilloscope Laboratories, a New York based film production and theatrical distribution company, h... »
After months of silence, a new plaintiffs’ lawyer in the Tellez case has filed a motion in the C... »
Aside from the screenings of BANANAS!* scheduled in the Culinary Cinema programme, the film will b... »
BANANAS!* has been nominated for the International Green Film Award 2010 at the Cinema For Peace ... »
BANANAS!* continue its journey around the world. Because of the conflict with Dole Food Company, t... »
Swedish website Filmnyheterna.se compiles the Swedish critic scores for Swedish cinema releases 20... »
Juan “Accidentes” Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana ... »
(Los Angeles, CA) — After improperly interfering with the Los Angeles premiere... »
BANANAS!* is set for competition at Seville European Film Festival and CPH:DOX in Copenhagen. In... »
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA - October 14, 2009 Dole Food Company, Inc. today anno... »
On October 5, the CEO of Swedish hamburger chain Max said that they had stopped selling Dole fruit... »
Excerpt from IFJ.org:
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned as "un... »
Swedish MPs Mats Johansson and Luciano Astudillo, who invited director Fredrik Gertten to screen B... »
Parliament members Mats Johansson and Luciano Astudillo invited director Fredrik Gertten to screen... »
Dagens Nyheter (4/5) »
From Dan Koeppel's blog:
The following is the English text of an article I wrote for Dagens Nyhe... »
Free speech lawyer Percy Bratt and director Fredrik Gertten. Photo by Olof Lavesson.
BANANAS!* w... »
Update: read longer interviews with Mats Johansson and Luciano Astudillo at Makthavare.se (in Swedis... »
In an opinion piece published in Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, chairmen of three major Swedish fil... »
On October 9, BANANAS!* will premiere simultaneously in theatres all over Sweden. After the Malmö ... »
Press release, September 17, 2009:
Parliament members Mats Johansson and Luciano Astudillo have ... »
Take the opportunity to see BANANAS!* on Sweden's largest cinema screen. Welcome to our exclusive ... »
From the press release:
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (September 10, 2009) — In response to a defamatio... »
The Swedish division of Reporters Without Borders condemns the BANANAS!* lawsuit on their website ... »
Thomas Frickel, CEO of The German Documentary Association (AG DOK), has sent a letter to Dole CEO ... »
During the first weekend of August, BANANAS!* was screened for the first time in Sweden at Båstad... »
WG Film, Fredrik Gertten and Margarete Jangard, producers of the documentary film BANANAS!*, have re... »
July 9, 2009 - Late Wednesday afternoon, Fredrik Gertten, Margarete Jangard and WG Film, th... »
A little totally BANANAS!* film from the panel after the second screening at the Los Angeles Film F... »
After the screenings of BANANAS!* on the Los Angeles Film Festival in June, Dole's lawyer firm G... »
Los Angeles actor/writer, Tim Coyne, interviews Fredrik Gertten, director of BANANAS!*. Running ti... »
Film Independent (FIND) director Dawn Hudson read a statement prior to the screening of BANANAS!* ... »
On June 22, Luciano Astudillo, a member of the Swedish parliament and the Social Democratic Part... »
Dole's lawyers attended the BANANAS!* premiere on June 20. They did not like what they saw, and ... »
Before the screening of BANANAS!* on June 20, the executive director of Film Independent, Dawn Hud... »
Dear friends, a little update from a turbulent Los Angeles.
Two hours and twenty minutes before ... »
From the press release:
“BANANAS!*,” filmmaker Fredrik Gertten’s suspenseful, controver... »
As you may have heard, our film has been under a microscope.
The Los Angeles Business Journal, ... »
From the press release:
BANANAS!*, filmmaker Fredrik Gertten’s suspenseful, layer-peeling,... »
2011.07.08 - 2011.07.16
2011.06.15 - 2011.06.21
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Los Angeles actor/writer, Tim Coyne, interviews Fredrik Gertten, director of BANANAS!*. Running time 23:25:
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I have just finished reading on an external website yet again, another skewed interpretation of BANANAS!
The film stands on its own as told through the perspective of plaintiff attorney, Juan Dominguez, and several of the plaintiffs in the TELLEZ litigation which resolved in 2007 in the Los Angeles Superior Court by way of jury verdict. The film includes trial testimony of not only damning evidence against Dole, acknowledged as to its veracity by the President of Dole, but also includes trial footage of the plaintiffs being impeached on the witness stand. Not too many filmmakers would include that.
Is anyone bothering to mention that of the original 12 plaintiffs in the Tellez case, numerous of them did NOT receive a verdict in their favor and that that is shown in film? Or that Dole prevailed in defending itself against multiple claims which is also shown in the film? Further in a class action lawsuit, any trial attorney will tell you that out of 5000 claimants, undoubtedly there will be some individuals making a claim that should not be. Can they be weeded out? You try, but sometimes you don’t always succeed. Here, we have a Central American country with uneducated, low income/poverty level laborers as claimants. Will some see a lawsuit as their Golden Ticket? Undoubtedly. Americans see class actions or major accidents as their ticket. I personally have worked on multi-injury litigation matters and class actions where, in one instance, there were 54 passengers on a bus but several hundred claims were made by people all claiming to be passengers. Could that have happened with TELLEZ and subsequent litigation matters in the Class? Of course. Is it the filmmaker’s responsibility to know that or discern that? No. That’s the lawyer’s job. A filmmaker cannot be held accountable for the veracity and capabilities of a lawyer involved in litigation. A filmmaker can only depict what is depicted to him - particularly a filmmaker from a foreign country with no experience of the American judicial system, particularly in Los Angeles County Superior Court. A filmmaker who, like so many foreigners, identify American attorneys and the law with Johnnie Cochran and OJ Simpson and the infamous “if the glove don’t fit, you must acquit.” (And even there, what woman in the world doesn’t know that when you get a pair of leather shoes wet and have them air dry, the leather shrinks. In the legal arena, as in life, things are not always what they seem. There are always smoke and mirrors.)
As with any lawsuit, there are plaintiffs that suffer no injury and should not be compensated. That happened in the TELLEZ case. Fredrik Gertten shows that in the film. And even Judge Cheney herself admitted in her opinion on dismissing subsequent cases (not only for suspected fraud but for failure of counsel to comply with basic court orders concerning civil discovery), that there are undoubtedly valid claimants. And while subsequent litigation matters may have been dismissed, should Judge Cheney have made a sweeping comment about a prior action which was decided by a jury and in which the jury did not find in favor of all plaintiffs but rather decided in multiple cases in favor of Dole? Has anyone asked questions of Judge Cheney’s elevation to the Court of Appeal and perhaps a desire to clear her docket?
Fredrik Gertten made a film in good conscience as seen from the perspective of plaintiff’s counsel and the original TELLEZ plaintiffs. And that perspective included evidence damning to both Dole and the plaintiffs.
Should his First Amendment rights to voice his artistic expression through film be silenced or dictated to conform to political correctness? No.
Should he be forced to “junk” his film and reshoot to conform to the passage of time? No.
To demand that of a filmmaker would be to demand that of every author, every scientist, when new information is uncovered or learned.
Further, at the crux of the film BANANAS! itself is the unrefuttable scientific evidence of the harmful physical effects of exposure to the toxic pesticide such as that used by Dole in Nicaragua and other areas. That evidence is open and available on the internet on global proporation, including an August 2007 news report documenting 8000 individuals suffering bodily injury from exposure to this very chemical and 2000 deaths attributable to same.
Lastly, has it escaped anyone’s attention that the moviegoing public, particularly those attending documentaries, have the ability to discern fact from fiction and dig a little deeper if questions arise on a subject? Do not underestimate the public. They do realize that time and life are static, not rigid, evolving second by second, creating new chapters for further exploration and discovery and perhaps, a second film. To “redo” every book, recording or film and junk the existing just because of ongoing change, would prevent anything from ever being completed.
I applaud LAFF and Film Independent for allowing BANANAS! to be shown, but condemn them for buckling under pressure exerted by Dole Food Co. Film Independent prides itself on providing a voice for the artistric expression of filmmakers. It was wrong to try and silence the voice of Fredrik Gertten.
LAFF and Film INdepdentn
Fredrik Gertten RUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULES!!!
ZLATAN IN BARCA!!!!!!
DOLE IS THE DEVIL!
The process against you has given you a huge amount of publicity. When will this movie be distributed to a wider audience, beyond the movie festivals? Either as DVD, sold to TV networks, or if those would cost too much for you: straight to Bittorrent.
Congratulations on your bravery and investigative reporting skills in tackling this quintessential problem of how Big Business tramples on the rights of The People, and is why US Big Business is hated around the world, and Americans are mostly ignorant of why they are hated as such.
The facts in your film desperately need to be brought into the light of day, and the situation cured in the correct way; that is bananas must be grown in an ‘organic’ way, without pesticides and with more labor.
Low price should not be the highest criteria, responsible production methods should be the first priority along with best quality of product.
When you do go to DVD, count me as a buyer !
I’ve been surfing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.
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