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The Take

Director:
  • Avi Lewis
Producer:
  • Avi Lewis
  • Naomi Klein
  • Katie McKenna
Writer:
  • Naomi Klein
Cinematographer:
  • Mark Ellam
Editor:
  • Ricardo Acosta
Sound:
  • Jason Milligan
Music:
  • David Wall
Distributor / Sales:
  • Heather Wyer / National Film Board of Canada
Executive Producer:
  • Laszlo Barna

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  • Country:Canada, Argentina
  • Year:2003
  • Length:84 min
  • Data rate:7.5 MB/min
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Description
In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act - The Take - has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head. In the wake of Argentina's dramatic economic collapse in 2001, Latin America's most prosperous middle class finds itself in a ghost town of abandoned factories and mass unemployment. The Forja auto plant lies dormant until its former employees take action. They're part of a daring new movement of workers who are occupying bankrupt businesses and creating jobs in the ruins of the failed system. But Freddy, the president of the new worker's co-operative, and Lalo, the political powerhouse from the Movement of Recovered Companies, know that their success is far from secure. Like every workplace occupation, they have to run the gauntlet of courts, cops and politicians who can either give their project legal protection or violently evict them from the factory. The story of the workers' struggle is set against the dramatic backdrop of a crucial presidential election in Argentina, in which the architect of the economic collapse, Carlos Menem, is the front-runner. His cronies, the former owners, are circling: if he wins, they'll take back the companies that the movement has worked so hard to revive. Armed only with slingshots and an abiding faith in shop-floor democracy, the workers face off against the bosses, bankers and a whole system that sees their beloved factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale. - Official Selection, 2004 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. For more information, please visit www.thetake.org.
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