BIG BOYS GONE BA­NANAS!*

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(Fredrik Gert­ten, Swe­den). 88 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: Fredrik Gert­ten knew his doc­u­men­tary Ba­nanas! – about Dole’s treat­ment of its ba­nana farm­ers – was go­ing to vex the food gi­ant. But he had no idea the company would ha­rass him mer­ci­lessly, at­tempt to stop screen­ings at the L. A. Film Fest and all fes­ti­vals after and then take le­gal ac­tion that would not let up. Even­tu­ally, Gert­ten counter- sued.

Big Boys tracks Dole’s cam­paign, the craven be­hav­iour of L. A. Film Fest or­ga­niz­ers and the support he re­ceived from the Swedish par­lia­ment.

Most scan­dalous of all is the way the me­dia got sucked in by Dole’s press re­leases – which claimed Gert­ten’s film con­tained false in­for­ma­tion – and never picked up the phone to ques­tion the film­maker.

A great il­lus­tra­tion of the im­pact a doc­u­men­tary can make. May 2, 5: 30 pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cin­ema.

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