It sounds like a 70s American conspiracy thriller: one man fighting a powerful corporation against mounting odds. However, truth is stranger than fiction, as director Frederick Gertten soon learns when he turns the camera on himself. On the eve of launching his previous film Bananas!*, following 12 Nicaraguan banana plantation workers attempting to sue Dole Foods, Gertten discovers just what it's like to be on the receiving end when an international corporation takes a disliking you. Dole's response was to attack the filmmakers and try to have the film banned, using media manipulation and veiled threats to undermine the credibility of the filmmakers and attempt to destroy their careers. As the organisation's tactics become increasingly nasty, Gertten is forced to fight harder to uphold free speech and break out of this absurdist, Orwellian nightmare. Big Boys Gone Bananas!* is a call to arms against the powerful corporate forces that threaten freedom and democracy around the world.
Fredrik Gertten, Alex Rivera, Alfonso Allende, Arvid Jurjaks, Bart Simpson, Bernt Hermele, Charlotte Lundgren, Dan Koeppel, David Magdael, Dawn Hudson, Jesper Osmund, Juan J. Dominguez, Ken Silverstein