Bananas! [DVD] [2009]

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Overview

Special Features

  • The Fight - An Interview with Director Fredrik Gertten
  • "Super Abogado" Juan Dominguez's Television Commercials
  • Pictures from a Banana Plantation - a Short Film Shot in Nicaragua
  • Q&A with Director Gertten at the Swedish Premiere
  • Two Archival Educational Films from Oscilloscope's Vault: About Bananas (1935) With Animated Vitamins and Minerals! Journey to Banana Land (1950) An Exotic Travelogue Tale

Synopsis

Bananas!*
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 that ban despite Dole's full awareness of the dangers present. The legal battle itself occupies center stage; though the plaintiffs' attorney Duane Miller presents his clients as traumatized, corporately-violated victims, the attorney representing dole paints them as drunks and liars - leading to a heated, highly aggressive courtroom showdown. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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