First Bananas, Then the World

By Ivan Kander

Comprised of public domain footage and stop-motion animation, Yann Gorriz’s All About Bananas Et Cetera is ostensibly a seven-minute film about bananas. But, as the tongue-in-cheek title indicates, this is a film that’s actually about a bit more than that. Through the use of dry narration and repetitive editing techniques, Gorriz crafts a visual, introspective piece about structure and classification. You know, that innate human tendency to rigidly categorize the world into little boxes. The "Et Cetera," a phrase so casually tacked on to the film’s title, is the actual substance of the piece. It refers to the deep and complicated connections that exist between people — from human emotions to socio-economic relationships.

As the film subtly suggests, at best, these connections allow us to relate to our fellow man. At worst, they breed hate, fear, and discrimination. That’s some heady stuff, especially coming from a film that claims to be about an ordinary fruit.

For more work by Yann Gorriz, visit his tumblr.

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