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The Take (2004)

Cast: Gustavo Cordera, Bill Clinton
Director: Avi Lewis, Avi Lewis
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Studio: First Run Features
Genre: Documentary, Foreign, Political & Social Issues, Latin America
Running Time: 87 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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In the wake of Argentinas spectacular economic collapse, Latin Americas most prosperous middle class finds itself in a ghost town of abandoned factories and mass unemployment. Thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory in Buenos Aires, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head. Filmmakers Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein take viewers inside the lives of the workers and their families, who must fight for jobs and their dignity by confronting factory owners, politicians and judges. The result is a real-life political thriller that pits ordinary workers against the local ruling elite and the powerful forces of global capitalism.

The Take, directed by political activist Avi Lewis and written by "No Logo" author Naomi Klein, tells the story of Argentinean people taking economic recovery into their own hands. Hannah Eaves talks to Lewis about the extraordinary making of the doc. Full article >>

GreenCine Member Reviews

Inspiring and important documentary by HPearson October 20, 2007 - 9:32 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I'm a long-time fan of writer Naomi Klein, though I've been less familiar with the work of her partner, filmmaker Avi Lewis. My personal interest in this film derives from my fervent concern for political and social issues in Latin America and in Argentina in particular (where I lived for nearly a year and the native country of my soon-to-be husband). It's a powerful and empowering story, one that very much deserves international attention during this age of globalization and economic neo-imperialism. The film is intelligent, human, and generally very well crafted.

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