Swedish Filmmaker Takes on Dole: Catch the Documentary in Vancouver This Week

Big Boys Gone Bananas Poster

(HealthCastle.com) A couple of weeks ago, I was flying home from the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo put on by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Philadelphia, and I thought I’d check out what movies I could watch on the plane. I came across a documentary called Big Boys Gone Bananas. It turned out to be a very interesting story!

Big Boys Gone Bananas - What’s it All About?

This film, produced by Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten, documents how Dole used defamation suits and cease-and-desist orders to try to prevent screenings of his previous film (called BANANAS!) about pesticide use and its impact on the health of Nicaraguan workers. Lawyers from Dole accused Gertten of slander, libel, and fraud, even though no one from Dole had actually bothered to watch the film. Dole’s lawyers launched a major publicity campaign that resulted in showings of the film being cancelled and media reports describing the film as “fraudulent,” even though the reporters writing those reports had also not seen the film. Big Boys Gone Bananas describes what happened and how Gertten responded. You’ll have to watch to find out who won in the end!

See the Film in Vancouver Next Week

After watching the film, I tweeted Fredrik Gertten to ask how people in Canada could also see this movie. I found out that it’s actually playing in Vancouver this week as part of the Amnesty International Film Festival. You can catch this very interesting documentary at Pacific Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street) on Friday, November 2 at 8:30 p.m. You can buy advance tickets online here, or you can buy tickets at the door. Tickets cost $8 ($5 for students and seniors). Tips: There’s a small service charge for buying online; tickets at the door can only be paid for in cash.

If you’re not able to make it to the screening, you can also stream the film online for $6.99. This is a rental fee that lets you access the film up to 5 times in 30 days. In the box below, you can watch the trailer for free by clicking “Play Preview.” If you want to pay to rent the movie, click on “Rent Movie.” There’s also a link where you can buy a copy of the DVD.

For those who have seen Big Boys Gone Bananas or BANANAS!, what are your thoughts?

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