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Directed by: Fredrik Gertten 2011 | 88 min.

Section: Gala Presentations

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere


Sponsored by:

Davis Levin Livingston

In April 2009, Swedish filmmakers Fredrik Gertten and Margarete Jangård learned that the world premiere of BANANAS!*—their documentary about a lawsuit against the Dole Food Company—would take place at a major film festival in Los Angeles. Within weeks, they were embroiled in a legal and public-relations battle to save their premiere, their film, their reputations, and their freedom of speech.

While censorship is, sadly, nothing new, its insidious power gains startling immediacy by playing out in front of Gertten's camera. The filmmakers find themselves painted as villains due to Dole's shrewd PR moves—even before their film has been screened. Gertten takes the offensive, filing a countersuit and media campaign of his own to confront Dole’s overgrown-schoolyard-bully tactics.

As demonstrated over the past several months in actions held around the globe, corporations are being taken to task for their disproportionate political and financial influence. BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is a telling case study of the power of individuals to fight back.

Synopsis written by: B.T., Sundance


Saturday, October 13 6:00 PM Dole Cannery B Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Fredrik Gertten
Producer Margarete Jangård
Cast Alex Rivera, Alfonso Allende, Arvid Jurjaks, Bart Simpson, Bernt Hermele, Charlotte Lundgren, Dan Koeppel, David Magdael, Dawn Hudson, Jesper Osmund, Juan J. Dominguez, Ken Silverstein, Lars Åström, Lincoln Bandlow, Luciano Astudillo, Margarete Jangård, Mats Johansson, Michael Carter, Mikael Wiehe ED Benjamin Binderup, Jesper Osmund
Cinematographer Joseph Aguirre, Kiki Allgeier, Stefan Berg, Joakim Demmer, Malin Korkeasalo, Gabriel Noguez, Frank Pineda, Sasha Snow, Jason Wawro
Editor Benjamin Binderup, Jesper Osmund
Music Composer Dan Gisen Malmquist, Conny Malmqvist

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