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A Blooming Business (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 14 March 2009 (Greece)
Flowers love people. Anyway, that is what the flower growing industry is trying to propagate. But whether flowers actually do love people, well, that remains the question. The largest ... See full summary »

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Ton van Zantvoort
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Flowers love people. Anyway, that is what the flower growing industry is trying to propagate. But whether flowers actually do love people, well, that remains the question. The largest percentage of flowers produced in third world countries, where the pay checks are low and the environment constraints are flexible, is auctioned in The Netherlands. "A Blooming Business" is a poetic documentary about people in Kenya who are imprisoned by the power of the global flower growing industry. The dilemmas of the industry grow painfully clear and a dark world of oppression, sexual abuse and terrible working conditions unfolds. There is only one conclusion possible: the smell of the imported rose is not sweet, but bitter. Pure observation goes unnoticed, hand in hand, with straightforward comments about life and living from the main characters throughout this film. The camera is present and absent at the same time. It reshapes the documentary. With great humanism, Van Zantvoort shows us literally... Written by Ton van Zantvoort

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A poetic documentary about people in Kenya who are imprisoned by the power of the global flower industry.

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Awards: . Dok Leipzig Healthy Workplaces Film Award, International Leipzig Festival, Germany 2009 . Jury Award, FIFDH, Festival International du film des droits de l'homme de Paris, France, 2011 . Audience award, The Art of the Document, Warsaw, Poland, 2010 . Special jury mention - The Art of the Document , Warsaw, Poland, 2010 . Golden Olive for best documentary, International TV Festival Bar, Montenegro 2010 . Best photography Award, International TV Festival Bar, Montenegro,2010 . Audience Award, Millenium International Documentary Festival, Belgium 2010 . Award for best film -chosen by media professionals-, Festival Internacional de Cinema Ambiental, Brasil 2010 . Jury Award best treatment, Cinema Planeta, Mexico 2010 . Special Mention, Medfilm Festival, Italy 2009. See more »

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

English | Swahili

Release Date:

14 March 2009 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Een bloeiende handel See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenya See more »

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Budget:

EUR50,000 (estimated)
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Newton Film See more »
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(original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (PAL)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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