Mondo Banana
  • Follow The Frog
Roxie TheaterFri, May 30, 2014 9:00 PM Not Available
Film Info
Film Type:Feature
Topic:Food Security
Ryan White | USA/Canada/Thailand/Finland | 2013 | 59 min
English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Indonesian, Malay, Thai, and Mah Meri with subtitles

West Coast Premiere

Journey to the world of bananas! Deep in the forests of Sumatra, a Finnish sea captain seeks an elusive banana. In a Kolkata kitchen, Bengali chefs prepare scrumptious banana stalk curries. As the sun blazes in Kuala Lumpur, a Chinese exorcist calls forth an evil banana spirit.... Embarking on an international journey through the vibrant world of human-banana relationships, Bay Area filmmaker Ryan White explores the personal, cultural, and environmental importance of one of the world's favorite fruits. A delicious blend of video art and ethnographic film, Mondo Banana is a wild medley of shadow puppetry, culinary demonstrations, exorcisms, scientific research, performance art, anthropology, underground film, and dragon-dancing that peels away the secrets of human-banana relations and celebrates the age-old connection between people and plants.

Discussion with: Ryan White, director

PLUS: Let’s Go Bananas!
Following the screening, students from the UC Berkeley Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC), in collaboration with SFGFF, will host a celebration of the foods we all love featuring: you! Perform a song, original piece of poetry, dance or other form of creative expression at our open mic—the floor is yours. Let’s go bananas!

You might also like to see Lunch Love Community (June 1) or Seeds of Time (June 2)

Sponsored by:

SF Bay Guardian Veritable Vegetable

Co-presented by: CAAM
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Additional Information
Born in Big Sur, California in 1979, Ryan White graduated from San Francisco State University in 2003 with a B.A. in Cinema, emphasis in Visual Anthropology. From 2004 to 2007, Ryan lived in Hanoi, Vietnam where he worked for the WWF Greater Mekong Program as Film Advisor. During that time, he directed eight WWF documentaries for broadcast on Vietnamese National Television (VTV). Ryan spent the next four years living and working as a freelance Editor and Camera Operator in Bangkok, Thailand. While there, he produced and directed his award-winning first documentary feature, Camp Unity (2010), an ethnographic short film, Blood (2011), and Mondo Banana (2013).