August 24, 2009

German filmmakers warns Dole

Filed under: News — admin @ 2:40 pm

Thomas Frickel, CEO of The German Documentary Association (AG DOK), has sent a letter to Dole CEO David DeLorenzo and European CEO Jean-Christophe Juilliard. On behalf of AG DOK, he strongly criticizes Dole’s attempts to silence BANANAS!*, and demand that they immediately cease their attack on the film and the freedom of information. Otherwise, he will officially ask the 850 members of AG DOK to use their contacts and resources to produce critical films and news reports about Dole and its methods. Read the full letter below.



Jean-Christophe Juilliard
CEO / Directeur Général Europe de Dole

David DeLorenzo
President and CEO
Dole Food Company, Inc.


Frankfurt, August 17th, 2009

Dear Sirs,

We, the members of the German Documentary Association, are outraged at how your company is pressuring the independent Swedish production company WG Film in order to prevent the exhibition and distribution of the film “Bananas”.

We view your company’s actions as an attack on the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression which are an intrinsic part of any open society. This is absolutely unacceptable. Your attempts to pressurize film festival sponsors and to ruin a small film production company by burying it in lawsuits are both shabby and transparent. These Machiavellian methods only serve to harm your company’s reputation beyond repair.

The German Documentary Association – Germany’s largest professional film organization numbering more than 850 documentary filmmakers, directors and producers – demands that you immediately cease your attacks on the freedom of information as well as stop your company’s inhuman practices in Latin America which the film “Bananas” criticizes. Otherwise we will officially ask our members to use their excellent contacts to national and international television stations to produce critical films and news reports scrutinizing Dole and its methods. Furthermore, we will ask our partner organizations throughout Europe to encourage their journalists and filmmakers to join our campaign. Many of our journalist and film colleagues are well connected with numerous NGOs which are very experienced in organizing and running boycott campaigns. I can’t imagine that all this would be in your best interest.

We anxiously await your response.



Thomas Frickel
Chairman and CEO – German Documentary Association / AG DOK




  1. sweet 😀

    Comment by Ikky — August 25, 2009 @ 12:31 am

  2. Well done Thomas! Great initiative.

    Comment by Maria M — August 25, 2009 @ 4:41 am

  3. Nice going!

    Comment by Andreas — August 25, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

  4. gr8!

    there are still some good forces left in this world.

    Comment by Georg Krüger — August 31, 2009 @ 10:57 pm

  5. I do hope other documentary filmmakers and their organisations do the same as AG DOK.

    Comment by Thomas Westman, Malmö Sweden — September 1, 2009 @ 7:10 am

  6. Yes. Really hope Doles attempt to scare to silence really backlashes, ten times harder

    Comment by Jim — September 1, 2009 @ 10:38 am

  7. […] Also, the president of German documentary filmmakers Thomas Frickel, wrote to Dole saying that if they continue to harass Gertten, they will urge all their connections – filmmakers all over the world, in TV, movies and independent companies – to make movies about Dole and the use of pesticides in banana plantations. Thomas Freckel is CEO of The German Documentary Association (AG DOK). The letter was sent to Dole CEO David DeLorenzo and European CEO Jean-Christophe Juilliard. Read the letter. […]

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  8. new blog

    Comment by Wegas — October 4, 2009 @ 8:07 am

  9. […] August 24th, The German Documentary Association (AG DOK) sent a letter to Dole. Thomas Frickel, CEO of AG DOK strongly criticized Dole’s attempts to silence BANANAS!*, […]

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  10. I agree totally with you !!!!

    Comment by Wouter Siemons — February 19, 2010 @ 10:17 am

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