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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.