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
Co-presented by: CAAM