Big Boys Gone Bananas!*

East Coast Premiere

Thursday, April 12th, 7:00pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

What is a big corporation capable of in order to protect its brand? Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten's experienced this recently. This is the riveting follow up film to BANANAS!*, which screened at EFFY 2010 and recounts the lawsuit that 12 Nicaraguan plantation workers brought against the fruit giant Dole Food Company. 

BANANAS!* was mysteriously pulled from competition at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Then a scathing article appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal about the film, and Gertten subsequently receives a letter from Dole's attorney threatening him with legal action.

What follows is an unparalleled thriller that has Gertten capturing the entire process - from Dole attacking the producers with a defamation lawsuit, bullying scaretactics, to media-control and PR-spin. This personal film reveals precisely how a multinational will stop at nothing to get its way - freedom of speech is at stake. As Dole's PR company puts it, "It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than a bad reputation".

Followed by a discussion with filmmaker Fredrik Gertten, and attorney Dan Klau. Moderated by Roger Cohn, Editor of Yale Environment 360.

About the Filmmaker

Fredrik Gertten is an award winning director and journalist based in Malmö, Sweden. In 1994 he founded the production company WG Film. Before he worked as a foreign correspondent and columnist for radio, TV and press in Africa, Latin America, Asia and around Europe. Today he combines film making with a role as a creative producer on WG Film – famous for local stories with a global understanding, with several films catching the identity and transformation of his hometown. Featuring international stars like footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic in True Blue - The Way Back and architect Santiago Calatrava in The Socalist, the Architect and the Twisted Tower, among others. Dole Food company made his film BANANAS!* controversial by suing the company, producer and director. The fight for the film and freedom of speech won international recognition. In Sweden awarded with several prices including the Anna Politkovskaya freedom of speech award.

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Thursday, April 12th, 7:00pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

Genre: Documentary
Year: 2011
Running Time: 90 Min.


Director: Fredrik Gertten
Producer: Margarete Jangård
Editors: Jesper Osmund and Benjamin Binderup
Narrative Consultant: Niels Pagh Andersen

2012 Films & Events

· Bananas!*
· Bestiaire
· Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
· Chimpanzee
· Colin Beavan, ‘No Impact Man’
· Eating Alabama
· EFFY After Dark
· Enjoy Your Meal!
· Filmmaking Workshop with Andrew Grace
· Surviving Progress
· The Atomic States of America
· The Island President
· The Last Mountain
· The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
· The Whale