Taste of Hope

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    Taste of Hope

    Le goût de l'espoir

    Directed by

    Switzerland, Germany

    2019

    70 min

    • French

    Documentary

    In 2010, Unilever announced the closing of the profitable Fralib tea processing and packaging plant in the South of France. After 1336 days of resistance, the workers celebrated their victory against the giant multinational and became owners of the factory. Now, with the take-over of the company and production under workers’ control, a new struggle has begun. Can this alternative project be viable within an oversaturated, highly competitive market?
    TASTE OF HOPE is the fascinating story of a workers’ cooperative on their bumpy and conflicting road to real utopia. Where idealism clashes with harsh reality, the documentary observes the factory workers as they face inevitable challenges. For two years, the filmmaker accompanied the workers in their daily struggles. Between general assemblies, cash-flow problems and tea tastings with potential clients, deception, and conflict emerge. Ultimately, the documentary poses the question: How do we need to work today so we might live in a better world tomorrow?

    Awards

    • Jury Prize SSA/Suissimage to the most innovative feature film (National Competition), Prix ZONTA - Visions du Réel

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Laura Coppens
    Cinematography
    Laura Coppens
    Editing
    Angelika Levi
    Laura Coppens
    Music
    Azadeh Zandieh
    Production
    SRIKANDI FILMS
    Laura Coppens

    Laura Coppens

    Germany

    Laura Coppens is a social anthropologist, documentary filmmaker and curator from Berlin and is currently based in Bern, Switzerland. She received her Ph.D. through the University Research Priority Program Asia and Europe, University of Zurich in 2014. In the same year she joined the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern as a research assistant, teaching ethnographic media, documentary film-making, gender and sexuality as well as alternative economies. Laura lived and conducted fieldwork in Cuba, Australia, Indonesia and France. Her Ph.D. film project CHILDREN OF SRIKANDI (2012) premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and subsequently has been screened at international film festivals including the Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Barcelona International Women’s Film Festival, Frameline, Outfest, Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, among others. In addition, CHILDREN OF SRIKANDI won several awards like the International Jury Award for Best Documentary at the 2013 Identities Queer Film Festival in Vienna. Apart from teaching and making films, Laura also worked as the head programmer of the Southeast Asia section as well as the Queer Asia section of ASIAN HOT SHOTS BERLIN, a festival for Asian independent film and video art in Berlin. As film curator, Laura served on several film festival juries like, the Berlinale Teddy Award Jury. The documentary feature TASTE OF HOPE is Laura’s debut as sole director.