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Taste of Hope

by Laura COPPENS


Original title : Taste of Hope

Director : Laura COPPENS

Production : Srikandi Films

Duration : 70 Minutes

Year : 2019

Original version : French

Subtitled version : English and German

Country : Switzerland


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?



  • Winner Prix du Jury SSA/ Suissimage (Visions du Réel)
  • Winner Prix Zonta (Visions du Réel)
  • Winner Audience Award (DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival
    Festivals Official Selection
  • Visions du Réel Nyon
  • Dok Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival
  • Open City Documentary Film Festival
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival
  • DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival
  • Kalaidoskop Film Festival
  • Le Cinéma sous les Étoiles
  • Duisburger Filmwoche
  • Solothurner Filmtage
  • FIPADOC Biarritz
  • DocPoint Helsinki
  • Festival Millenium Brussels
  • Dokfilmwoche Hamburg
  • Ethnocineca International Documentary Film Festival Vienna
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