Magazine article Screen International

Banana-Gate

Magazine article Screen International

Banana-Gate

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Fredrik Gertten was sued by Dole for his documentary Bananas!*. Now he's back with a thriller-like documentary that reveals what happened after the lawsuit.Big Boys Gone Bananas

Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten was ballsy enough to make a film, Bananas!*, that inspired Dole Foods to sue him. And then he was crazy (brave?) enough to then make a whole other film about what it was like being sued by Dole.

That second film, Big Boys Gone Bananas, has just had its world premiere at IDFA. And so far nobody from Dole is feeling litigious, Gertten says, although he doesn't know if they've seen this one yet.

The saga started when Gertten made the 2009 documentary Bananas!*, which was about the lawsuit that Nicraraguan workers brought against the food giant over side effects from pesticides.

Before the film could even have its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Dole issued the director and his three colleagues with a cease and desist letter to stop the film's premiere. They put pressure on LAFF and its big sponsors, and LAFF eventually demoted the film to screen out of competition and with a hefty Dole-friendly disclaimer read out before the screening. …

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