DIR. FREDRIK GERTTEN | 2012 | SWEDEN | 88 MIN
(ENGLISH, SWEDISH AND SPANISH w/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
Winner of Best Documentary at the Sarasota Film Festival, Big Boys Gone Bananas!* was also the audience favourite at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and was recently voted second favourite at the Hot Docs Festival. In 2009 Fredrik Gertten’s documentary Bananas!* chronicling a lawsuit against controversial food giant Dole, was set to premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Dole responded with an aggressive media and public relations campaign to quash the film’s release and discredit the reputation of the filmmakers. The filmmaking team behind Bananas!* refused to be bullied, filing a counter law suit and launching their own media strategy. Their point was that no one suing them had even seen the film. A true documentarian, Gertten again picks up his camera to capture his fight for free speech. Big Boys Gone Bananas!* is an in depth case study of an independent filmmaker’s David and Goliath battle with a corporate machine.
"Big Boys Gone Bananas! is a fun ride. It got a well-deserved standing ovation here at Sundance." - CIVILIZED DISOBEDIENCE