“Banana Split” (2002) is an intense documentary that analyzes the social and economic forces that drive the banana industry. It presents an in-depth look the production and shipping stages of the fruit, and the filmmakers successfully contextualize the impact of globalization with footage from Central America. Honduras for example was affected first by the generous arrival of the banana plantations and then by their exit that impoverished local communities. The impact on workers’ health was also documented, presenting not only the realities of low wage labour workers but also the effects of cost-saving mechanisms – workers who interact with pesticides were discovered to have blue-ish organs.
With great qualitative interviews with the workers, this movie really puts this industry into perspective.