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Taste of Hope

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Catalogue Number:  TVP090
Producer:  Video Project, Inc.
Subject:  Business Studies, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, French, Guidance, Health, Marketing, Social Sciences, Sociology
Language:  French
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Adult
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2019
Running Time:  70:10

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

In 2010, Unilever announced the closing of the profitable Fralibtea processing and packaging plant in the South of France. After 1,336 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?
** Program is in French with English subtitles. ** 
** Program not available for sale to Post Secondary institutions. **


Visions du Reel, Prix du Jury SSA/Suissimage / Prix Zonta
DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival, Audience Award
IDFA Market Selection
DokLeipzig Market Selection
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
Humboldt University Berlin
Visions du Reel
Dok Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival
Open City Documentary Film Festival
Margaret Mead Film Festival
DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival
Kaleidoskop Film Festival
Le Cinema sous les Etoiles
Duisburger Filmwoche
Solothurner Filmtage
FIPADOC Biarritz
DocPoint Helsinki
Festival Millenium Brussels
Dokfilmwoche Hamburg

"Highly Recommended. Diligently documents the origin and success story of a self-managing cooperative factory, which can be used to encourage discussions in subjects related to labor movements, trade union struggles, and businesses. The film is appropriate for public and academic library collections." — Educational Media Reviews Online

"Unobtrusive and humane...Reminiscent of American documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman's studies of institutional cultures and workplaces. Proper to her training as a social anthropologist, director Laura Coppens is keenly sensitive to place and people. This skill for observation comes through in the film's treatment of the factory as a unique environment, as well as its attention to daily rhythms and the interpersonal dynamics of people." — Stephanie Lam, Film and Visual Studies, Harvard University

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