Big Boys Gone Bananas!*

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Detailing his efforts to distribute Bananas!*, his 2009 exposé on Dole’s use of toxic chemicals in Nicaragua, Swedish documentarian Fredrik Gertten’s latest plays as an occasionally fascinating, if ultimately reductive, showdown between First Amendment rights and corporate power. While the sheer extent of the fruit company’s legal campaign to block the film provides a terrifying case study on flexing billion-dollar-business muscle, Gertten never adequately addresses the legal issues at stake. Forced to take the director’s word that he’s in the right (despite a court ruling to the contrary), we’re free to embrace the idea of free speech as an abstract concept—without sufficient understanding of the knotty specifics of this highly individualized case.

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Duration: 90 mins

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Another lazy, ignorant writer rating an important piece, which he didn't watch or perhaps comprehend. Schenker is a member of a party akin to the Westoro Baptist Church. They are entitled to free press and free speech, but make us all ill when they excerise it.

Jarno Vilen

Andrew Schenker should propably watch the document in it's entity before shouting out slogans originating from - you know where.


I just wanted to add in regards to you comment: "Forced to take the director’s word that he’s in the right (despite a court ruling to the contrary)" It is clear in the end of the film that Dole had false accusations and they dropped all their cases, hence no court ruling to the contrary. Basically there is no need for the director to adequately address the legal issue.