Award Season :: Freedom of Speech

Dir. Fredrik Gertten

Did you ever see the documentary BANANAS!* ?  If you haven’t, its not too surprising- especially if you’re living in US.  Swedish director Fredrik Gertten made a film about the treatment of workers on Dole Food Company banana plantations in Central America.  Right before the film’s release at the Los Angeles film festival, Dole threatenend a lawsuit against Gertten for slander if he did not cease and desist the showing of his film.  BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* documents the personal and company experience through the legal ordeal for Gertten to show his film. Although not viewable depending on your location, this film is an important reminder of how vulnerable filmmakers can be and questions how free are we to speak our mind.

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