CINE-CLUB SCREENING: « The Big Banana » today! – ADIFF in 2012
Documentary directed by Franck Bieleu, Cameroon. at 6PM, Free screening.


Friday, September 28, 2012 at 6PM
Teachers College, Columbia Univ.
525 West 120th St. – Rm 263 Macy
(Photo ID required to enter building)

Banned in Cameroon, The Big Banana illustrates the poor working conditions in banana plantations and exposes the adverse impact on the people of a corporatocracy government that affords super profits for corporations at the expense of the local population.

The Big Banana outlines land grabbing tactics by company Plantation du Haut Penja (PHP) and the ensuing devastation for communities: poverty, pollution, and sickness from pesticides.

Bieleu, who spent two years filming residents in the remote countryside of Cameroon also features local cooperatives resisting the devastation through business alliances with fair trade organizations. As a result, The Big Banana not only exposes multinational corporations culpability in the land grab of Africa but also makes us reconsider where we get our fruit from.

Cameroon, 2011, 85min, Doc. in French with English subtitles, Franck Bieleu, dir.

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