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World Languages and Cultural Studies

 

Monday Movies: Bananas!*

November 18 2013 7:30pm
Sullivan Hall 201

This documentary from filmmaker Fredrik Gertten observes the legal experiences of 12 workers on a banana plantation in Nicaragua, who hire Cuban-American attorney Juan Dominguez for representation in their class-action lawsuit against corporate giant Dole Foods. The suit finds its plaintiffs accusing Dole of causing infertility en masse among their population thanks to the use of the DBCP crop pesticide - a chemical banned in the United States four years prior, but still used in Nicaragua after that ban despite Dole’s full awareness of the dangers present. The legal battle itself occupies center stage; though the plaintiffs’ attorney Duane Miller presents his clients as traumatized, corporately-violated victims, the attorney representing dole paints them as drunks and liars - leading to a heated, highly aggressive courtroom showdown. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi (rottentomatoes.com)

Last modified on Nov. 13th, 2013 at 8:09pm by Luis Saenz de Viguera.
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