For consumers, bananas are a delicious and nutritious start to the day, a healthy snack and a fixture in our fruit bowls.
For a huge number of residents in the banana lands, the production of bananas means social upheaval, violence and pesticide poisoning.
Banana Land documentary explores the origins of these disparate realities, and opens the conversation on how workers, producers and consumers can address this disconnect. 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 Colombian Military at the command 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 deadly outcomes.
The history will be inspected 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 authorities.
These influential individuals have routinely conspired to realize their own narrow interests at the expense of their constituents, consumers and workers alike.