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commented 2014-04-09 02:47:13 +0200
Has it occurred to you that free distribution of the original film and the subsequent documentary would be supportive of your cause for free speech?

I had to jump through hoops to get to watch the second documentary, which negates your belief that this is an important message that needs to be told.

Post them both on Youtube and they will go viral within a matter of days, and then you can watch the world beat a path to your door to learn more. If you need money then journalists will pay for your time.

Better that way than asking people to pay to watch.

If you disagree then ignore this, but at least think about it.

Cheers, Will
commented 2014-02-28 10:26:07 +0100
Incredible and unbelievable situation ended all fine. What a thriller!

All the best and good luck in the future,

with best wishes,

commented 2014-01-28 04:21:05 +0100
Really good film, I give two thumbs up! keep on filming and rolling
commented 2014-01-11 13:12:15 +0100
I am currently studying the Banana trade and women’s rights for my A-level in Anthropology. It is very interesting that this movie was one of the last results I saw when searching for Plantation workers rights, the media definitely wants to keep this hidden! And only to benefit yet more TNCs. They should be ashamed of themselves. Yet there are plenty of articles out there confirming the facts of mis-treated workers, I suppose a film is more ‘dangerous’ for TNCs like Dole as it is ‘’palatable for the masses.’’

Fantastic documentary “Bananas!” and great follow up in “Big Boys” I hope the Swedish maker comes out of this ok, he’s supporting human rights and is a courageous and intelligent man.
commented 2014-01-02 02:33:39 +0100
Well, I know its not much, and mosst likly will never get heard, however I wanted to do something, so I sent the following email to Dole;

“I just wanted to express my disappointment in Dole and its frivolous actions it took against Fredrik Gertten; ‘Boys Gone Bananas’. Dole should be ashamed of itself. As well Dole should as a direct result of its shameful actions, take the money it spent on legal fees and the smear campaign against Mr Gertten and sent it to its workers that have been affected by its use of pesticides as well make the same donation to a charity of Mr Gertten’s choosing.

As a direct result of these abusive actions taken by Dole, our family will no longer buy/support Dole products in our household."


Greg Knickle

Again, great film!
commented 2014-01-02 02:23:06 +0100
Sorry is this is a re post, my email was incorrect the first time and not sure it it went through

Great film, and Fredrik is certainly a bigger person than I, when speaking to John Procter; what a slime bag! Just have one question, did Dole stop attaching its name to Fredrik on the net??
commented 2014-01-02 02:11:43 +0100
Great film, and Fredrik is certainly a bigger person than I, when speaking to John Procter; what a slime bag! Just have one question, did Dole stop attaching its name to Fredrik on the net??
commented 2013-08-12 09:22:41 +0200
stay moomin!
commented 2013-07-03 10:50:00 +0200
For all the ruckus this film made, The dole Wikipedia page now has no mention of the incident, or subsequent films, aside from a small link in the references that someone forgot to remove!
commented 2013-07-02 23:35:10 +0200
Hej Fredrik och Margarete!

I just saw the movie on DVD and I must say it was one of the most inspiring movies I have ever seen! Anyone who is planing to change the world should start today with seeing this movie.

It was really great to see how much courage you had to decide to fight and continue fighting with this inhuman machinery. Huge respect for that.

Beside support from the parliament (although we are talking about Sweden here, it was still unexpected :) reaction on the whole process that came from max and grocery stores proves that you have succeded to make a change and that is important!

// r.
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commented 2013-06-04 00:46:12 +0200
Caro Fredrik Gertten,

Assisti ao documentário BANANAS na noite de ontem numa emissora brasileira denominada TV CULTURA que só transmite em sua programação conteúdos que fazem as pessoas raciocinarem sobre os acontecimentos sérios que acontecem no mundo.

Eu quero agradecer imensamente a você e toda a sua equipe pelo belíssimo documentário que realizou. Quero, também, parabenizá-lo pela coragem, postura ética e determinação que você e toda sua equipe tiveram diante de todas as dificuldades que lhe foram impostas pela empresa em questão.

Sou professora de comunicação aqui no Brasil, moro em São Paulo e vou utilizar seu documentário em minhas aulas.

Obrigada, mais uma vez, o mundo necessita de muitos, muitos e muitos homens GRANDES em todos os aspectos e corajosos como você!

Obrigada por existir e por demonstrar que os verdadeiros heróis não estão nas historias em quadrinhos e sim, eles existem na vida real! Você é um deles!

Muitíssimo obrigada!

Luisa Helena Alves da Silva
commented 2013-06-03 18:55:26 +0200
I also saw the movie in the Brazilian TV Cultura. It’s a great peace showing how big corporations become a sort of parallel authoritarian state. They could’ve smashed you if it was not for the Sweedish democratic reaction. You really got nerves!
commented 2013-06-03 08:25:26 +0200
Congratulations! I also just saw the movie here in Brazil. It’s very nice that TV Cultura showed your film here. People need to know this story. The film discusses an issue that goes far beyond this actual case of Dole. As Dole has so many others companies. The film talks about a distressful situation. Great film!
commented 2013-06-03 06:33:45 +0200
Hello, Fredrik. I have just seen the Big Boys Gone Bananas documentary on a Brazilian state television network. Congratulations on this amazing job you guys have done. I would like to thank you and the Swedish parliament, for democracy and freedom of speech must be cherished. Always.
commented 2013-06-03 06:24:23 +0200
Hello Fredrik and Margarete, I just wanted to tell you that your Big Boys Gone Bananas film was presented tonight in the Brazilian TV, broadcasted by TV Cultura, a public broadcast tv station. I was not aware of your Bananas documentary or of your struggle to make thruth prevail. I just wanted you to know you are a good people. And the world needs good men and women, so I am very happy to know about your story. Thank you very, very much. And to Dole, their lawyers, their RP company and the employess that supported this shameful campaign and the wrongdoings of this lousy company all I can say is: I will do my best to let others know about this documentary and the practices of your company. Shame on you.
commented 2013-04-22 00:24:33 +0200
Congratulations Frederik and your team for defending the freedom of speech and the truth!!
commented 2013-03-30 23:51:51 +0100
Bravo Fredrik Gertten. Your tenacity has opened the eyes of many people here in the USA…we stand in humble honor to your wonderful documentary. Dole Products will never again cross the threshhold of my family home.
I hope that you will come to San Francisco and show your film and answer questions for the many people from our liberal minded area.

Dole…shame, shame, shame!
commented 2013-02-24 01:51:47 +0100
I have just returned home from our Traveling World Community Film Festival in Grand Forks, B.C., Canada where your film “Big Boys Gone Bananas” was viewed by a very enthusiastic audience. I highly respect your integrity, your fortitude and your tenancity.


Lori Lum
commented 2013-02-17 06:11:35 +0100
Large companies like Dole are infringing upon our democracy both in political elections and in the world of journalism where it threatens our very freedom of speech. Go Fredrik Gertten! This is a fight for not just your film but for freedom and democracy everywhere and for everyone.
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