Precisely what journey does your average can of ravioli go on before it comes to rest on the shelf in a Finnish supermarket? Who were the workers who milled the wheat for the pasta envelopes, who processed the tomatoes into sauce and who slaughtered the animals for the meat that goes into the filling? And what do these people dream of?
In Canned Dreams, Katja Gauriloff follows the long production process of the ingredients on their 40,000-km trek from Ukraine to Portugal and from Poland to France … and on to the delivery of the ready goods in Finland. On the road, as she gets to know the people involved in the making of the ravioli, their personal stories also come under the spotlight. The workers tell of their dreams and of important moments in their lives.
Ms Gauriloff thus throws light on lives (not only of people but also of animals) that would otherwise remain invisible to the end-consumers while offering the viewers a thought-provoking account of how our daily food is mass-produced.
Film programme A Better Life
Born 1972 in Inari, Lapland, Katja gauriloff is both film-director and part-owner of the Oktober Production Company. Involved in film-making since 1998, she studied direction from 2000 to 2004 at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences. Her works have been shown at festivals around the world. In 2008, her documentary A Shout into the wind received a State Quality Support Award from the Finnish Ministry of Culture and Education. Ms Gauriloff lives and works in Rovaniemi, Lapland.
Films by Katja Gauriloff
A Shout into the Wind 2007 | Pei’vv paašt 2004 | Sincere Intentions 2004 | The Last Day of His Life 2003