|Cast: ||Markku HSkkinen , Fitriana Nasution, Kok Wei Peng, Siri Neng Buah, Rony Swennen, Mayank Kulshreshtha, Hiromi Shirai, Piathada Srihawattanakhun|
|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Joanne Storkan, Richard Gilliam - Producers: Ryan White, Paul Lee, Maarten Christenhusz - Cinematographer: Ryan White - Editor: Ryan White - Composer: Matthias Naderi
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, MONDO BANANA 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 turns educational filmmaking upside down with 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.
Born in Big Sur, California, Ryan White is an award-winning filmmaker whose documentaries have been screened in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Colombia, India, France, Italy, Austria, Greece, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Vietnam. He graduated from San Francisco State University in 2003 with a B.A. in Cinema, emphasis in Visual Anthropology. From 2004 to 2007, Ryan lived in Hanoi, Vietnam where he worked for the WWF Greater Mekong Program as Film Advisor and directed eight WWF documentaries for broadcast on Vietnamese National Television (VTV). Ryan spent the next four years living in Bangkok, Thailand, where he produced and directed his first documentary feature, CAMP UNITY (2010), and an ethnographic short film, BLOOD (2011). He's currently in Guerneville, California working on his next two films - a documentary about mermaid activists and a landscape film about the Hỏa LÚ prison in Vietnam.