Crystal Palace screening gets Fairtrade Fortnight underway

Fairtrade Fortnight gets underway in Crystal Palace tonight with a film screening that features an introduction by local comedian Mark Thomas.

FonchoBananas Unpeeled is a 26-minute documentary shot in Latin America and the Caribbean, investigating the social and environmental issues faced by plantation workers and small farmers in the Caribbean.

It examines fair trade policies and labeling as a positive alternative for workers on plantations where harsh working conditions and environmental damage are the norm.

The film was made by independent film-maker Nick Shaw.

This film and corresponding teacher action booklet were quickly taken up by Oxfam and other non-governmental organisations, to be used extensively by schools, universities, and trades unions, and helped with the introduction of the “fair trade banana” into Britain. 

The story behind the making of the film is mentioned in the 2008 book Fighting the Banana Wars and other Fairtrade Battles by Harriet Lamb, the director of the Fairtrade Foundation (UK).

Tonight’s screening is taking place at the Antenna Cafe Thing, Haynes Lane, from 7.30pm and is organised by The Local and Fair Group from Crystal Palace Transition Town.

There will be a discussion to follow the film and Crystal Palace Transition Town’s Lynette Aitken and the campaigns manager of the Fairtrade Foundation will be there to answer questions.

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