Fredrik Gertten is an award-winning director and journalist based in Malmö, Sweden. In October 2017 he was named Honorary Doctor at Malmö University’s Faculty of Culture and Society, for his work as a documentary filmmaker.
In 1994 he founded the production company WG Film. Previously he worked as a foreign correspondent and columnist for radio, TV and press in Africa, Latin America, Asia and around Europe. Today he combines filmmaking with a role as a creative producer at WG Film – famous for local stories with a global understanding, with several films catching the identity and transformation of his hometown. Featuring international stars like footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Becoming Zlatan and architect Santiago Calatrava in The Socalist, the Architect and the Twister Tower, among others. In 2009, Dole Food Company brought controversy to his film BANANAS!* by suing the company, producer and director. The fight for the film and freedom of speech won international recognition, resulting in several prizes, including the Anna Politkovskaya Freedom of Speech Award. In 2012 Big Boys Gone Bananas!* premiered at Sundance and in 2015, Bikes vs Cars, a film about lobby-driven city planning, premiered at SXSW.
Fredrik Gertten is frequently invited to speak on subject matters close to his films. Watch his “>TedX talk (May 2017).
His films have met audiences in 100 countries, including leading festivals. In Sweden the sale of FairTrade bananas went from 5 to 50 per cent of the sales after the release of the BANANAS!* films.