Bananas!* is a 2009 Swedish documentary directed by Fredrik Gertten about a conflict between the Dole Food Company and banana plantation workers in Nicaragua over alleged cases of sterility caused by the pesticide DBCP.

Directed byFredrik Gertten
Produced by
StarringSee below
Music byNathan Larson
Edited byJesper Osmund
Distributed byOscilloscope Laboratories
Release date
  • 20 June 2009 (2009-06-20)
Running time
87 minutes

The film was criticized by Dole for containing "patent falsehoods". After a screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2009, Gertten was sued for defamation by Dole on 8 July. The lawsuit was preceded by threats of legal action from Dole aimed against the LA Film Festival, which resulted in sponsors pulling support and the film being removed from competition. Dole dropped their lawsuit against Fredrik Gertten and Bananas!* on 15 October 2009.

In September 2009, the Swedish parliament members Mats Johansson (M) and Luciano Astudillo (S) took the initiative of displaying the movie in the Parliament of Sweden, this being its premiere in Sweden.[1]

In late 2010 a court in Los Angeles decided in favor of the movie crew, making it possible to release the film in the US.[2] A judge awarded the filmmakers nearly $200,000 in fees and costs.[3]

In 2011, Gertten directed the film Big Boys Gone Bananas!* about how the company was sued by Dole.[4]


See also


  1. Forsström, Anders (17 September 2009). ""Bananas!*" får premiär i riksdagen". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  2. "Filmen "Bananas" vann Dole-rättegång". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). 29 November 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  3. Dole Food hit with fees for suing directors of banana plantation documentary
  4. Sigander, Miranda (2 December 2011). "Revansch på Sundance för Gertten". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 2 December 2011.
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