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In addition I have boycotted Dole products and contacted them and told them that in addition to unethical treatment of their workers in third world countries I resent their attempt at suppression of freedom of the press, I will no longer purchase their products!
I, too, have a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Instead of working for the media, I chose to pursue a brief career in public relations where as a young man learned early on the true agenda and motivation behind the messages being sent out from organizations and companies to pursue their own agendas often contrary to what is in the public’s best interest.
Your tenacity and desire to stick by your story and work you did are to be commended. We Americans are taught by the media, our culture and even those closest to us to watch documentary films with prejudice because oftentimes they present a skewed one-sided story, and often the truth tends to lie somewhere in the middle.
When you see a huge conglomerate like Dole take the actions they did and then do an about-face, it is obvious it was all smoke and mirrors up to the point where they had to no choice but to stop pursuing you. Had you lived in America, there are stories where companies like this (especially in the oil and gas industry) employ hit men and other thugs to make life difficult and even, at times, kill their adversaries to ensure nobody stands in their way.
Worse yet, companies spend all kinds of money, resources and time to build/enhance/strengthen their brands. They realize that one small, yet potent, negative effect could undo all of the work leading up to that point. So, the easiest thing is launch a smear campaign and discredit the person who is perceived to be doing the company harm. It is a very cowardly and childish way to settle the argument, but one that unfortunately too often tends to work.
Just to illustrate your point, another documentary film “Food Chains” that I watched recently speaks to how the largest grocery chains in America are exploiting the migrant workers who pick their tomato and other vegetable crops by only offering them one penny ($0.01) per pound of what they pick. Publix, one of the main grocery store chains involved, has employed similar tactics against the Coalition of Immokalee Workers as Dole did to you.
I am very pleased your countrymen and women came to stand by your side and support you. Rest assured that not all of us Americans agree with or support corporate greed and their agendas. As you explored, this is really a much larger issue than giving Honduran and Nicaraguan workers a voice. It is about huge corporations running amuck taking over not only our government and lobbying for successful passage of legislation that favors their interests but feeling as though they can wield their power anywhere in the world. It is no wonder why we Americans are often portrayed as naieve and think the world needs to bow down to us.
Great work on a story that needed to be told and for your perseverance. May your career as a film maker continue to a herald for the truth and to shine a spotlight in those dark corners that need to be illuminated.
I was aware of the supreme power of money when I was in somewhat the same situation as you and the plantation workers in Nicaragua when I had to ponder the merit of bringing a suit against someone with a great deal of money in a case that was morally sound but for which there was little evidence. I had to weigh the health and well being of my children and the cost of the suit against the possible outcomes and was forced to withdraw and lick my wounds. I’m so very glad that you and your team were able to speak out and show the world the meaning of free speech and that no matter the price, you do the right thing. I only wish I had had the friends and supporters you have had, and that I had the courage to do more than simply talk about what happened to me and try to staunch the massive bleeding this wound caused in my life. I wish you health and a long career in serving the truth and bringing it to public attention freely and without threat.
I watched this film and felt so grateful for your work. Everyday I see privacy rights dissolve. Accept these terms and conditions? Take this drug, with fine print that can’t be read. More than that, I was reminded about how some people are fighting and bringing to light crime. Nicaragua may be far from me. And i’m pretty privileged. But the strength and fortitude you and margaret show take me back to the days where my father was in the supreme court fighting to protect privacy.
did he make much money from that? no. but he did it because he believes in the true definition of freedom. He really believes that law should strengthen our society, our artists, our thinkers. In my house, it was about what you thought from what you read. and the ability to argue and also Listen and change.
I wish I could buy this for my father and BANANAS!*. He would get a kick out of seeing a comrade fight the blatant illegal perversions of justice.
What a film.
You should be so proud. Your kids will be too. I know I am of my father.
Thank you for fighting. You gotta take a swing to have a chance at change sometimes.
An american girl,
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.
All the best and good luck in the future,
with best wishes,
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.
“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."
Again, great film!
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??
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!
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!
Luisa Helena Alves da Silva