Laura Coppens | France, Switzerland 2019 | 70 Min. | OmeU

In 2010 Unilever announced the closing of a tea factory in Southern France. After three years of fierce resistance the workers finally succeeded. Instead of losing their jobs they became the owners of the plant. But the self-organised tea factory is facing massive financial problems, outdated marketing strategies that are always accompanied with differences in opinion. Can such an alternative organisation survive on the competitive free market?
Taste of Hope tells the story of a workers-cooperation on their rocky way to an utopia that could become reality.

presented by

Director: Laura Coppens
Camera, Sounddesign: Laura Coppens, Azadeh Zandieh
Editing: Elaheh Habibi
Producer: Laura Coppens, Srikandi Films

Winner Prix du Jury SSA/ Suissimage (Visions du Réel)
Winner Prix Zonta (Visions du Réel)
Winner Audience Award (DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival

Visions du Réel
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
Festival Millenium Brussels
Dokfilmwoche Hamburg
Duisburger Filmwoche
Solothurner Filmtage
FIPADOC Biarritz
DocPoint Helsinki

Laura Coppens was born in 1980 in East Berlin. She received her PhD through the University Research Priority Program Asia and Europe at the University of Zurich in 2014. Since then she works at the University at Bern as a research assistant, teaching documentary filmmaking. Her PhD film project ANAK-ANAK SRIKANDI premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and won several awards. 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.