Bananas! (2009)

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This documentary from filmmaker Fredrik Gertten observes the legal experiences of 12 workers on a banana plantation in Nicaragua, who hire Cuban-American attorney Juan Dominguez for representation in their class-action lawsuit against corporate giant Dole Foods. The suit finds its plaintiffs accusing Dole of causing infertility en masse among their population thanks to the use of the DBCP crop pesticide - a chemical banned in the United States four years prior, but still used in Nicaragua after … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest
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On DVD: May 11, 2015
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Fredrik Gertien's documentary about the alleged perils of being a Nicaraguan banana worker has landed the director in serious trouble with the Dole Food Company.

Full Review… | April 22, 2010
This is London

Drawing on vivid archive footage of working conditions in rural Nicaragua, director Fredrik Gertten also benefits from a charismatic protag in Juan Dominguez, the Ferrari-driving lawyer representing the underdogs.

Full Review… | April 22, 2010
Total Film

A missed opportunity to spear corporate negligence.

April 21, 2010
Little White Lies

SThe movie is very similar to Joe Berlinger's 2009 film Crude, about similar campaigns on behalf of Ecuadorean oil workers.

Full Review… | April 16, 2010
Guardian

The denouement, far from the David-slaying-Goliath narrative that you might expect to be celebrated, is a messy affair.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Daily Telegraph

Full Review… | June 20, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Bananas!

This film told a compelling story the whole way through, only to tack on an ending saying that the hero may not be a hero. An interesting tale of developing-world labourers taking on a multinational corporation - Standard Fruit Company (Dole) - that keeps your interest the whole way... until you find out (not a spoiler, this is all over the internet) that the lawyer prosecuting the suit has been charged with fraud. Dole is attempting to say that the evidence was fabricated. Maybe the labourers don't speak enough English, or they don't remember, or maybe, they changed their stories trying to get a big award to take back to their communities. In any case, this was a feel-good story that unfortunately, doesn't make me feel good anymore.

In 10 years, though, once ALL the parts of the case are wrapped up, and a fictionalized version comes out, maybe this will work better. Actually, just start a series of Erin Brokovich movies, like Rambo but in a courtroom...

danperry17
Daniel Perry

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BANANAS!* is multi-layered courtroom drama delving into the global politics of food, the dynamics of First and Third world nations, and ultimately, human rights at the basest of levels.

Directed by investigative journalist Fredrik Gertten, BANANAS!* focuses on a landmark and highly controversial legal case pitting a dozen Nicaraguan plantation workers against Dole Food Corporation and its alleged use of a banned pesticide with a probable link to generations of sterilized workers. Juan "Accidentes" Dominguez, a Los Angeles-based personal injury attorney, leads the charge in this classic David vs. Goliath story at times both infuriating and inspirational.

sjeunette
shannon jeunette

BANANAS!* is multi-layered courtroom drama delving into the global politics of food, the dynamics of First and Third world nations, and ultimately, human rights at the basest of levels.

Directed by investigative journalist Fredrik Gertten, BANANAS!* focuses on a landmark and highly controversial legal case pitting a dozen Nicaraguan plantation workers against Dole Food Corporation and its alleged use of a banned pesticide with a probable link to generations of sterilized workers. Juan "Accidentes" Dominguez, a Los Angeles-based personal injury attorney, leads the charge in this classic David vs. Goliath story at times both infuriating and inspirational.

kyjeunette
kylie jeunette

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