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and i actually felt completely ashamed for the entire los angeles movie industry and the festival. it was beyond belief to think think that back could be done to to a participant in a film festival before you watch this film you need to know that serious questions have been raised about its credibility the judge specifically mentions in her ruling that the witnesses you will see in the film tonight from the trial lied under oath presented false employment records and presented fraudulent evidence of sterility none of this is reflected in the film you're about to see as a result there seems to be little question that the version of reality the film portrays does not match the reality that emerged in the courtroom. we are not eager to be sued that is why we are showing this film out of competition as a case study to eliminate a timely exploration of what makes and doesn't make a responsible documentary the language was basically saying. we're going to show
this film as a test case we don't believe it's true we don't believe this filmmaker. and so just be warned that what you're about to see is a bunch of crap why would they show a film it's a bunch of crap at all it's. it was just it was weird now let me introduce the director again frederick thank you. all hello everybody. sorry for all this waiting it's be the very very special. time this. i have never experienced anything like this before in my life i believe in democracy and i believe in free word and i believe that there was a balance you know you decided to between different voices and i think this role to be room for independent films and i'm really happy to talk to all of you off the
film about the complexity of life and filmmaking and truth i mean all truth in the court but maybe also in filmmaking. lean back have a nice time. thank. the whole disclaimer thing it was really said it was exactly what del wanted to do don't want to have a divide division between film independent and use a filmmaker you know it felt like those screenings at the festival coupled with the disclaimer and the panel discussion afterwards of colleagues and a lawyer it felt like they were punishing you and what i saw those really like like it was almost like. like an effect for show to see me. should they distance
themselves and now from you so that we don't can come out and that just felt really really strange at that that they would do that because allison you became the pariah in the room not dull. the festival was nearly over and still no loss at all this pressure just been scattered. as i was preparing to leave los angeles i heard that dole had served a court order on the festival demanding all emails contracts recordings film footage relating to my movie. it seems like this is not over yet. i came back to sweden early july i was totally exhausted after the turmoil in l.a.
. so i was actually sitting at home one night on the internet looking for trips with my kids and i received a call from los angeles it's a journalist who wants to comment on a lawsuit being brought against me from don't dole foods is suing a swedish filmmaker for wanting to show a fraudulent documentary slamming the company. based filmmaker frederick is being sued by a dollar the company claims the film is a fraud. we are suing. because we. produced a movie which is there clearly you know this much of the against the company and against our employees. it's three different lawsuits they're seeing me frederick and. the way they doing this what exactly is their strategy are we really the good it is their main object if. we do they have
a hidden agenda i mean. we've become a part of our own film if you. trace a trial and now the same forces are directed against us. have you considered accommodating them in any way with the film there is nothing to accommodate their demands include stopping the film shutting down the websites i won't discuss this issue in public in the future with a lawsuit on our shoulders we worked around the clock twenty four seventh's and we have no time to engage in new film projects. luckily we have a us insurance policy covering us against lawsuits and now we have the best lawyer working for us your film is wrapped up into a much bigger for their cause is to get rid of billions. using chemicals so this is
a cheap investment for that they are. very expensive. and it's investment picture. yeah it's it's just distressing i mean it's distressing and yeah i mean it is. this is kind of the notional rollercoaster because i mean most of the time i feel quite good but it's. this of course extremely tiring yeah this is my little bit that's the point and that's that's what they want to get trying to zap your confidence they try to make you cautious in what you say they're trying to essentially you and others to say you know it's not worth it to go after these corporations fight these sort of hot potato issues on the be on the hot seat soft so i don't feel that way in. the book.
i worked as a foreign correspondent earlier on like in korea or chile or south africa and i always teamed up with american journalists and i have had respect of them but i kept wondering why did they keep telling the story from dole's perspective why didn't they dig deeper. the thing that was most surprising about the media coverage of the suit that came out against you was how easily you were a fraud and dole was wrong and the banana company was fighting for justice and. no reporters should ever take that at face value we have a astounding lack of curiosity on the part of the journalism community in the us. a lack of skepticism these journalists failed in their job they took a press release and reprinted it basically they didn't do any due diligence and
that is even more shameful than the film festival disavowing you we have a media that is corrupted by power mostly by corporate power you have corporate ownership from the top you have corporate advertising coming in from the side we have a media that is where advertising and money and corporate influence is really the mother's milk. the reality is that the media is much more willing to take down stories when a company comes to them and say listen. don't write that story now because you're going to look stupid and we will go on with a massive denial and we'll go all to your media organization as well i know all the global corporations in the us who have threatened to pull advertising from the wall street journal the new york times because they don't like the editorial coverage so there isn't as much investment in investigative journalism as there was
in the past journalism itself is under threat. spending a lot of money to story they have an american p.r. company contacting journalists around the world to broker is one of the prominent public relations firms in washington they're located in the heart of downtown just about a block from the white house it's really hard to know what your parole tour is up to or who they even work for because they're not obligated to disclose any of that information. proctor used to work for the coalition provisional authority in iraq which the united states government set up shortly after the invasion that overthrew saddam hussein so he would have been involved in frequent strategy meetings about how to sell the iraq war and part of selling that war would have also been to
attack the critics and to make the critics look bad and if you look at the roster of any of the top lobbying in public relation firms in town they're filled with former members of congress for murder ministration officials former cia officials increasingly journalists are going the same route. and. we now occupy an era of extreme reputation anxiety among leading companies around the world because they're very aware that corporate reputation which they may have built over fifty years or so can be shredded in a matter of minutes so when a company feels that it's on the potential attack you try and divert attention
from the real story or you have a snow dump of good alternative information so they will go out there and say listen we've got this story about reputations being on the files by this disreputable swedish filmmaker acting for a lawyer who we think is fraudulent we you can have this exclusively we'll give you all the background information and you plonk the story so if it's frederick's a bad guy if i can get that narrative into the newspapers first to make it sticky an appeal to people in a way that they'll want to tell their friends then that's the story that will go out. there was a swedish documentary maker who went to nicaragua he did a documentary on how pesticides of damage the health of workers there the problem was that was not the case these workers were recruited by by a lawyer down there who wanted to make a case he wanted to to he had a brief against dole basically and so he recruited
a bunch of nicaraguan but at the harvesters to lie and say that their health was damaged in the swedish filmmaker made the documentary. and he didn't find out it was a fraud until the film was done this guy still wants to show the film because he went through the process of making that i criteria the reason r.t.o. . exactly what happened that day i don't know but a woman i killed. piers later is when i got arrested for. for a crime i did not do. we have numerous cases where police officers lie about polygraph results. innocent people to confess to police officers don't beat people anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really. in the course of interrogation why because there's been this is lightman no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse and they were off
taking they could get what they wanted they can say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said. some. people want to. make up something that is quite simply a mess. place was no way. clearly they were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. and so. to the us or turned over to the us for. the soul that could be buried alive. was saved with great effort. underway wanted to turn me into a terrorist so it was they wanted me to admit that i was a member of al qaeda or taliban or that i fought with them. about time i didn't
even know what al qaeda is nevertheless there are people. rave enough to start a fight. something's going to be done that's going to be done by me in the span of a short amount of time to do it but it's going to impact me i'd be prosecuted but it's going to impact. a wife my daughter. the one tonne of notre. monarchy. of. course outside to an active camp at guantanamo where patients are forced that this comes after a massive hunger strike that turned the world's attention to the place that some have dubbed gulag of archives.
my mother was killed my children were in jail i'm so glad that people are going to hear all story pakistani family talks started outlining to the u.s. congress the full horror of a cia drone strike. e.u. officials head to washington hoping to on earth the truth about america's spying program which millions of europeans have found themselves targeted by but it's worse for obama not to have you know who's running the show the country's leadership seems to be unclear on what its national security agency is doing as we report later. the syrian government dismantles its chemical production facilities but the disarmament process hangs in the balance as some rebel groups continue.