The Take

Director: Avi Lewis | Countries of production: Argentina, Canada | Year: 2004 | Length: 87 min
Language: English, Spanish with English subtitles

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. 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.

With The Take, director Avi Lewis, and writer Naomi Klein, author of the international bestseller No Logo, champion a radical economic manifesto for the 21st century. But what shines through in the film is the simple drama of workers’ lives and their struggle: the demand for dignity and the searing injustice of dignity denied.

A careful and optimistic documentary that presents a productive — literally — response to…the dark side of the global economy
The National Post

American Film Institute Festival, Winner, Best International Documentary

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