One seldom thinks about the individuals behind the production of a food can and that these individuals live and work across the world. In her documentary »Canned Dreams«, director Katja Gauriloff studies the long journey of a food can – from the fields and factories of South America and the Mediterranian to a Finnish supermarket shelf. The episodic film focuses on the people who work with the product at each of the different stages of production, and the stories they tell – the Portuguese tomato picker trying to put her kids through college and the Danish pig farmer who dreams of a girlfriend. Travelling from Brazil to Portugal to Denmark and on, the audience discovers the laborers’ hopes and dreams and their ways of finding meaning in their work.

Gauriloff travelled through ten different countries in search of the story behind a less-than-one dollar food can. The result is a thought- provoking yet beautiful documentary, telling the stories of the often forgotten manual labor workers and the pitiless reality of mass production.

Mirva Huusko

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Title
Canned Dreams
Director
Katja Gauriloff
Country
Finland
Length
75 min
Festival
2012
Section
Documania
Language
Finnish
Subtitle
English
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2012
Original title
Säilöttyjä unelmia
Cast
Lise Lorenzen, Andrzej Biskup, Neuci de Souza, Florentina Dumitru
Producer
Joonas Berghäll, Petri Rossi
Script
Katja Gauriloff, Joonas Berghäll, Jarkko T. Laine, Sami Keski-Vähälä
Music
Karsten Fundal

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