Imaginamos Costa Rica como un paraíso tropical...pero "Pura Vida" expone el impacto social y ambiental de los agroquímos toxicos que se emplean para cultivar bananos y piñas para exportación a Europa.
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In March 2011, Banana Link in the UK and Peuples Solidaires in France hosted a tour by Ligia Lamich, Women's Officer of Costa Rican trade union SITAGAH. Highlights from her visit are captured on this short film.
The film Bananas Unpeeled, introduced by comedian Mark Thomas, investigates the social and environmental issues facing banana plantation workers and farmers in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Working conditions on plantations are extremely tough....workers tell their stories about the impacts on their health, income and rights.
When Scottish artist, Jan Nimmo, travels to Ecuador, the world's largest exporter of bananas, to gather workers' testimonies, she observes the formation of the first trade unions in the banana sector for 30 years.
We imagine Costa Rica as a tropical Paradise, Heaven on Earth... but Pura Vida exposes the social and environmental impact of toxic agro-chemicals used to grow bananas and pineapples for export to Europe.
A short film telling the story of what happened to banana workers on the Los Alamos plantation in Ecuador when workers decided to organise and strike to gain basic labour rights. This unique eyewitness account of the strike and the response of the plantation owner, Ecuador's richest man. Running time 9 mins. Available in DVD format. English/Spanish. Also available online here.