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The Lazarus Effect: A New HBO Documentary by Lance Bangs [FADER]

In documentary, World News on June 7, 2010 at 12:37 am

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“The RED Campaign to combat AIDS just announced their latest effort: a 30-minute documentary, directed by Lance Bangs and executive produced by Spike Jonze, that follows four HIV+ Zambians and traces their recovery after finally receiving the proper antiretroviral medication. Part of an ongoing program to increase public awareness of the effectiveness and affordability of AIDS medicine—just forty cents a day—the film will debut May 24 at 9pm ET on HBO, YouTube and Channel 4 in the UK. Watch the trailer above and a short but powerful celebrity PSA about the life-saving drugs below.”


Say Bye Bye to Bananas: A trailer from [Fader] an article from [NY Times]

In Americas (North), Americas (South & Central), documentary, History, World News on June 7, 2010 at 12:24 am

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Juan “Accidentes” Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility. Can he beat the giant, or will the corporation get away with it?In the suspenseful documentary BANANAS!*, filmmaker Fredrik Gertten sheds new light on the global politics of food.

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Yes, We Will Have No Bananas


Published: June 18, 2008

ONCE you become accustomed to gas at $4 a gallon, brace yourself for the next shocking retail threshold: bananas reaching $1 a pound. At that price, Americans may stop thinking of bananas as a cheap staple, and then a strategy that has served the big banana companies for more than a century — enabling them to turn an exotic, tropical fruit into an everyday favorite — will begin to unravel.

The immediate reasons for the price increase are the rising cost of oil and reduced supply caused by floods in Ecuador, the world’s biggest banana exporter. But something larger is going on that will affect prices for years to come.

That bananas have long been the cheapest fruit at the grocery store is astonishing. They’re grown thousands of miles away, they must be transported in cooled containers and even then they survive no more than two weeks after they’re cut off the tree. Apples, in contrast, are typically grown within a few hundred miles of the store and keep for months in a basket out in the garage. Yet apples traditionally have cost at least twice as much per pound as bananas.

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Rockbois Documentary [Wooster Collective]

In Artsy Fartsy, documentary on June 7, 2010 at 12:16 am

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Despite that the narrator sounds like he’s sniffed a tad too much spray paint in his years, the doc is sweet. theres something un-hipster, un-pretentious about their grunge, perhaps the same thing that made it so appealing back when kurt cobain made it oh so cool.

eh, what do i know. enjoy.