kweliTV | THE BIG BANANA

THE BIG BANANA \ 85 mins \ 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.

Cameroonian filmmaker Franck Bieleu spent two years filming residents in the remote countryside of Cameroon. 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.

FESTIVALS/AWARDS

Africa World Documentary Film Festival, Francophone Film Festival, African Diaspora International Film Festival 

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Franck Bieleu

Franck Bieleu is a young Cameroonian filmmaker who focuses on documentaries that give a voice to people unable to reach out and tell their stories. He focuses on social subject that gnaw the community.

The Big Banana is his fourth film. What hope for the African Youth?, his first long-format documentary which addressed the phenomenon of mass migration of African youth toward the western countries due to the lack of perspective and opportunity, screened at the Africa World Documentary Festival and in prime time on the French overseas television RFO (Radio-Television de France Outre-Mer).

Franck BIELEU has studied film studies at London Metropolitan University in London England, before returning to Cameroon.

All from this director.

SPEAK YOUR TRUTH!