09/05/2009 14:16


Netherlands, 2009, 52 min.
Director: Ton van Zantvoort
Selection: Democracy/Export-Import

Within the selection Democracy/Export-Import, the visitors of the Film and Media Festival Cinema City will have an opportunity to see a touching, poetic documentary A Blooming Business by a Dutch director Ton van Zantvoort.

The film shows „the other side“ of the beauty of flowers, through the flower industry’s slave mechanism involving Kenyan prisoners. The oppression, sexual harassment and horrible working conditions are the main characteristics of the dark and inhumane world recorded by the director Ton van Zantvoort. One conclusion can be drawn from the harsh truth – the smell of imported roses is not sweet, on the contrary, it is bitter, sodden with human misery.

The film was made by combining documentary observations with the “live“ comments of the main characters. With the key feeling of what is human, the director van Zantvoort has, through the documentary A Blooming Business, successfully shown an entirely different world, a world where every human life is equally valuable…