BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*
(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.