May 13, 2009

BANANAS!* is set for special spotlight screenings at 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival

Filed under: News — admin @ 11:11 am

From the press release:

BANANAS!*, filmmaker Fredrik Gertten’s suspenseful, layer-peeling, non-fiction chronicle on the global politics of food and First vs. Third world dynamics, will be presented in special spotlight screenings at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival on June 20 and June 23, 2009 in Westwood.

Directed by Gertten, one of Sweden’s preeminent documentarians and investigative journalists, BANANAS!* focuses on a slippery fact trail and a landmark legal case pitting a dozen Nicaraguan plantation workers against Dole Food Corporation and its alleged usage of a deadly banned pesticide and its probable link to generations of sterilized workers.

Central to both the film and case is Juan “Accidentes” Dominguez, a Los Angeles-based personal injury attorney who, although iconic within the Latino community for his ubiquitous billboard ads, is unquestionably facing the biggest case and challenge in his career.

As the legal representation on the first Nicaraguan sterility case to be tried in US courts, Dominguez and his colleague, Duane C. Miller, are breaking new ground. Theirs is a bellwether case: The first of thousands of cases awaiting trial in Nicaragua and the first legal case where foreign farm workers were allowed to testify against an American multinational corporation before a full jury on U.S. soil. At stake are the futures of generations of workers, their families as well as the culture of global, multinational business.

“I’m beyond thrilled to have my film as a spotlight screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival,” said the Sweden-based Gertten. “Los Angeles is so central to the story. (The festival) is top notch and the fact that the actual case and the film’s lead subject (Dominguez) take place and are based in L.A. makes it that much more fitting.”

BANANAS!* is produced by Malmö Sweden-based WG Film and producer Margarete Jangård in co-production with Magic Hour Films (Denmark), ITVS International; Film i Skåne, SVT and Swedish Television(Sweden); with support from The Sundance Documentary Fund, The Swedish Film Institute; Danish Film Institute, Nordisk Film and TV Fond, ZDF/ARTE (Germany/France), YLE (Finland), NRK (Norway), TSR (Switzerland), VPRO (The Netherlands) and Odisea (Spain/Portugal).

For updated screening times and ticket information, please visit:

For more information, please contact:
David Magdael & Associates – Los Angeles
Winston Emano,
David Magdael,

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  1. When will this be showing in NYC?


    Comment by Miriam Gianni — May 24, 2009 @ 3:05 am

  2. Hi Miriam, we don’t know yet. But we will keep post info here and also include screenings lists in the email newsletters (subscribe at the sidebar).

    Comment by Tobias — May 24, 2009 @ 11:34 am

  3. Where to find the movie at the LA Film Festival to buy tickets?

    Comment by Patti Londre — June 10, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

  4. Hey Patti, check out the LA Film Festival website. Here’s a direct link to the film:

    Comment by Tobias — June 11, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

  5. I´m really excited, when will it be able to se this documentary in sweden ? I hope soon! I´ve been in Ecuador for five months and visited about 20 bananafields from Dole,Bonita banana and so on..

    Comment by Gabriel — June 11, 2009 @ 9:08 pm

  6. Hi Gabriel, the film hopefully has its Swedish premiere in October. Stay tuned for more info!

    Comment by Tobias — June 11, 2009 @ 10:18 pm

  7. Thanks for the info on the Swedish premiere. Are the previous Gertten documentaries on sale in Sweden?

    Comment by Christian — June 17, 2009 @ 10:58 am

  8. Yes Christian, WG Film has a web shop:

    Comment by admin — June 17, 2009 @ 11:03 am

  9. La presente es para saludarlo y a la vez presentarle el lin de mi trabajo como Director cinematografico. soy de los directores de la cinematografia Suramericana.

    Les envio abajo lin.


    En espera de una pronta repuesta, se despide de ustedes.

    Jose L. Fabra C.

    Comment by JOSE l. FABRA C. — April 6, 2010 @ 12:46 am

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