Fredrik Gertten’s documentary Bananas!*, chronicling a lawsuit against controversial food giant Dole, was set to premiere at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival. Dole responded with an aggressive media and public relations campaign to quash the film’s release and discredit the reputation of the filmmakers. The filmmaking team behind Bananas!* refused to be bullied, filing a counter-suit and launching their own media strategy. Their point was that no one suing them had even seen the film! A true documentarian, Gertten picks up his camera again to capture his fight for free speech. Big Boys Gone Bananas!* is an in-depth case study of an independent filmmaker’s David and Goliath battle with a corporate machine whose financial and political influence must be exposed.
90 minutes — PG, Fredrik Gertten, Sweden, 2011
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