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Shift the Focus, Shoot the Messenger, Kill the Message

September 18, 2020 WG Film Season 1 Episode 12
PUSHBACK talks
Shift the Focus, Shoot the Messenger, Kill the Message
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PUSHBACK talks
Shift the Focus, Shoot the Messenger, Kill the Message
Sep 18, 2020 Season 1 Episode 12
WG Film

This episode of PUSHBACK Talks exposes what can happen when independent filmmakers and human rights advocates tell stories about multinational corporations causing people serious harm. 

The co-hosts discuss the true story of Fredrik being sued by DOLE, the biggest fruit company in the world, for making a documentary about the harm they were causing their workers. Fredrik's film BANANAS!* follows a court case in Los Angeles where banana workers from Nicaragua sued the DOLE Food Company for the use of a banned pesticide that made the workers sterile. Just as the film was about to premiere, DOLE came after Fredrik, his company, and the film’s producer, in a big way. Divide and conquer. Lawyers, media spin, a PR company, intimidating journalists, Astroturfing, scare tactics. 

Drawing on this experience, Leilani and Fredrik discuss freedom of the press, Blackstone’s reaction to PUSH, and the different ways in which independent filmmakers and human rights advocates can reclaim narratives, occupy public space and shift the focus back.  

WG Film Vimeo Page:
https://vimeo.com/wgfilm/vod_pages

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Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
Code - pushback
https://vimeo.com/r/2Rmv/a1o0Z0xHc2

Bananas!*
Code - pushback
https://vimeo.com/r/2Rmu/a1o0Z0xHc2

Produced by WG Film 
Recorded & Edited by Mikey Jones
Music by Florencia Di Concilio
Social Media & Support Team - Louise Gustafsson, Maja Moberg & Melinda Bergstrand

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/pushbacktalks)

Show Notes

This episode of PUSHBACK Talks exposes what can happen when independent filmmakers and human rights advocates tell stories about multinational corporations causing people serious harm. 

The co-hosts discuss the true story of Fredrik being sued by DOLE, the biggest fruit company in the world, for making a documentary about the harm they were causing their workers. Fredrik's film BANANAS!* follows a court case in Los Angeles where banana workers from Nicaragua sued the DOLE Food Company for the use of a banned pesticide that made the workers sterile. Just as the film was about to premiere, DOLE came after Fredrik, his company, and the film’s producer, in a big way. Divide and conquer. Lawyers, media spin, a PR company, intimidating journalists, Astroturfing, scare tactics. 

Drawing on this experience, Leilani and Fredrik discuss freedom of the press, Blackstone’s reaction to PUSH, and the different ways in which independent filmmakers and human rights advocates can reclaim narratives, occupy public space and shift the focus back.  

WG Film Vimeo Page:
https://vimeo.com/wgfilm/vod_pages

↓ CLAIM YOUR 25% VIMEO DISCOUNT  ↓

Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
Code - pushback
https://vimeo.com/r/2Rmv/a1o0Z0xHc2

Bananas!*
Code - pushback
https://vimeo.com/r/2Rmu/a1o0Z0xHc2

Produced by WG Film 
Recorded & Edited by Mikey Jones
Music by Florencia Di Concilio
Social Media & Support Team - Louise Gustafsson, Maja Moberg & Melinda Bergstrand

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/pushbacktalks)