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Bristol Indymedia Film Night: The Take

Mon 6 April 2009 // 20:00

(Mon 6th / 8pm / £3/2 but nobody refused entry for a lack of funds)

"...a compelling and suspenseful cautionary tale documenting the
consequences of globalization... universal in its implications." Los Angeles Times
"...a compelling and hopeful story..." The Globe and Mail

Co-created by best selling author of 'No Logo', Naomi Klein, The Take shows the story of a factory in shows the amazing story of thirty unemployed auto-parts workers who refuse to leave their closed factory. Nominated for 5 awards and the recipient of the 2004 American Film Institute Fest Best Documentary Award.

A prescient film given the situation we face today; in South America they have been here before and this is their story; 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.