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Bananas!*2009

  • 3.6
BANANAS!* is a suspenseful court room drama that examines the intricacies and injustices of the global politics of food. Focusing on a landmark and highly controversial legal case pitting a dozen Nicaraguan banana plantation workers against Dole Food Corporation, BANANAS!* uncovers the alleged usage of a 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 of his career. At stake in the classic David vs. Goliath story are the futures of generations of workers and their families, as well as the culture of global, multinational business. If successful, the case could rock the economic foundations of Dole, and would open the US courts to other global victims, representing a new day in international justice.

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A sad but true story. It shows the power of the large corporations and they're disregard for workers over profits. As altruistic as the Juan tries to portray himself it's kinda shot down by the fact that he drives a Ferrari... Anyway, I've seen these plantations in Central America and believe me, it's all true...

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A sad but true story. It shows the power of the large corporations and they're disregard for workers over profits. As altruistic as the Juan tries to portray himself it's kinda shot down by the fact that he drives a Ferrari... Anyway, I've seen these plantations in Central America and believe me, it's all true...

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I was touched by the issue but not impressed by the documentary. It may be worth mentioning that there is an important controversy about whether the attorney faked the evidence. Even if he did, I have little doubt that the issue was real, but this could have been reflected better in the documentary.

See http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/24/local/la-me-dole-20110324. It seems like Dole did settle in for a high amount in 2011: https://blogs.wsj.com/law/2011/10/04/dole-settles-pesticide-litigation/ . But then the evidence was dismissed again as fake in 2014: https://www.law360.com/articles/516638/calif-appeals-court-tosses-2-3m-dole-pesticide-verdict . A whole saga...

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