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BANANAS!*

Sweden, 2009 (MIFF 2010, Documentaries)

Director: Fredrik Gertten

“A front-row seat to a landmark Erin Brockovich-style trial.” - Variety

Following a historic first court case in the Los Angeles Superior Court and ending with a verdict still under appeal, Bananas!* highlights a classic scenario of First World practices exploiting Third World workers.

Juan ‘Accidentes' Dominguez is a Los Angeles personal injury attorney facing the biggest challenge of his career: a dozen Nicaraguan plantation workers allege the US-based Dole Food Company used a banned pesticide that is the probable link to generations of sterilised workers.

A courtroom drama charting a compelling David vs Goliath legal battle, Bananas!* is not without its complications - allegations of fraud against Dominguez after the production of the doco wrapped have left a lingering question-mark over the truth of the evidence given before the court.

D Fredrik Gertten P Margarete Jangård WS Autlook Film Sales L English, Spanish w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009

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