Friday, May 15, 2009

BANANAS!* to world premiere at 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival

BANANAS!*, filmmaker Fredrik Gertten’s suspenseful, layer-peeling, non-fiction chronicle on the global politics of food and First vs. Third world dynamics, will make its World Premiere in Documentary Competition at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival.
Directed by Gertten, one of Sweden’s preeminent documentarians and investigative journalists, BANANAS!* focuses on a slippery fact trail and a landmark legal case pitting a dozen Nicaraguan plantation workers against Dole Food Corporation and its alleged usage of a deadly banned pesticide and its probable link to generations of sterilized workers.
Central to both the film and case is Juan “Accidentes” Dominguez, a Los Angeles-based personal injury attorney who, although iconic within the Latino community for his ubiquitous billboard ads, is unquestionably facing the biggest case and challenge in his career.

As the legal representation on the first Nicaraguan sterility case to be tried in US courts, Dominguez and his colleague, Duane C. Miller, are breaking new ground. Theirs is a bellwether case: The first of thousands of cases awaiting trial in Nicaragua and the first legal case where foreign farm workers were allowed to testify against an American multinational corporation before a full jury on U.S. soil. At stake are the futures of generations of workers, their families as well as the culture of global, multinational business.

Check out the Bananas* movie site

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