TASTE OF HOPE

LE GOÛT DE L'ESPOIR

By Laura COPPENS

SRIKANDI FILMS - as PROD

First film - Completed 2019

In a world driven by competition and capital, workers of a self-managed tea factory struggle to survive against all odds.

Festivals
& Awards

Visions du Réel 2019
Winner Prix du Jury SSA/ SUISSIMAGE & Prix ZONTA
DokLeipzig 2019
International Selection
FIPADOC Biarritz 2020
Impact
DocPoint Helsinki 2020
Panorama
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (online) 2021
Doc Market Films
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • First film, Documentary
    • Countries
    • SWITZERLAND, GERMANY
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Duration
    • 70 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Laura COPPENS
    • Writer(s)
    • Laura COPPENS
    • Producer(s)
    • Laura COPPENS (Srikandi Films)
    • Synopsis
    • 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?