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Controversial Documentary

Multinational Goes "Bananas" Over Film

Published fredag 10 juli 2009 kl 11.19
From the film "Bananas!"

Banana giant Dole Foods is to sue a Swedish filmmaker over a new documentary about the plight of Nicaraguan farmers, who claim they have fallen ill because Dole has used an illegal pesticide on its banana plantations.

The documentary, called "Bananas!" was due to compete at the Los Angeles Film Festival, but organisers decided withdraw it from the competition, following pressure by the banana company, according to filmmaker Fredrik Gertten.

Gerttan says however that the lawsuit means that more people are hearing about the film, but at the same time says that the legal actions are costing him enormous amounts of money and energy.

"Bananas!" will reach the Swedish cinema screens in October.

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