May 30 only
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!
Mondo Banana: Upcoming Showtimes