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A special screening of the movie Banana Land and Q&A with the producers
Crowd-funded feature length documentary Banana Land is a fascinating insight into the dark side of the Latin American/US banana industry.
Middlesex Senior Lecturer Jonathan Hodgson directed the animation for the film, working with a team including three students from the University's BA Animation programme.
The film has broad appeal to staff, students and the public and is relevant to many fields of study including human rights and law, environmental studies, epidemiology, medicine, public health, history, film and media, agriculture, business and even animation.
About the film
A longstanding system of exploitation originates from the political manipulations of agribusiness in the former Banana Republics. From the massacre of thousands of protesting banana workers by the Columbian military at the behest of United Fruit Company, to the coup that overthrew Guatemalan president, Jacobo Arbenz, and to recent payments to paramilitary death squads by Chiquita; political meddling by the fruit companies has always borne fatal consequences.
The history will be examined and the atrocities of the past are paralleled with the abuses of the present as we demonstrate a pattern of social and environmental exploitation perpetrated by government leaders and corporate executives and their enforcers. These influential individuals have routinely conspired to realise their own narrow interests at the expense of their constituents, consumers and workers alike.
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