Mitch Ellmauer, Intern, International Labor Rights Forum
The International Labor Rights Forum, TransAfrica Forum, the Institute for Policy Studies, and the Center for Food Safety are sponsoring the the DC premeire of The Big Banana, a new documentary about the dirty secrets and workers’ rights violations of the banana industry and the struggle of a few brave farmers in Cameroon who stood up for their rights and took on took on a multinational fruit corporation. Check out the trailer below and find all the details online here.
The Big Banana examines working conditions at the Plantation du Haute Penja in Cameroon. PHP’s 6,0000 farm workers earn just $50 a month working 15-hour days in inhuman conditions. Many of these plantation workers were once independent smallholders whose land was stolen by PHP and the Cameroonian government. When the farmers try to organize a union they are met with intimidation, violence, and unlawful termination.
The Big Banana will be showing at Busboys and Poets 5th and K St. NW tomorrow, August 11th, from 6:30 to 8:30pm. After the film, director Franck Bieleu will lead a discussion about workers’ rights and land rights in Africa.