The Take (2004 film)

The Take (2004 film)

Infobox Film
name = The Take

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director = Avi Lewis
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writer = Naomi Klein
narrator = Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis
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cinematography =
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distributor = First Run Features / Icarus Films
released = flagicon|USA September 22, 2004
runtime = 87 min.
country = flagicon|Canada Canada
language = English and Spanish
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amg_id = 1:307571
imdb_id = 0426596

"The Take" is a Canadian documentary film released in 2004 by the wife and husband team of Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis. It tells the story of workers in Buenos Aires, Argentina who reclaim control of a closed Forja auto plant where they once worked and turn it into a worker cooperative, or as could be argued, a working model of anarcho-syndicalism.


The plant closed as a result of the economic policies of the Carlos Menem Government under the watchful eye of the International Monetary Fund.

While in bankruptcy protection the company appeared to be selling off property and inventory to pay creditors – a move which further reduced the chances of the facility returning to production. In an effort to establish their own control, the workers occupied the factory and began a long battle to win the right to operate it themselves, as a cooperative.

This collective movement has gained strength in Argentina, having started with a garment factory several years earlier. The factory workers waded through the court and legislative system with help from the experience of these other groups who had fought the same battle, and ultimately secured their right to operate the plant.

ee also

*Workers' self-management

External links

* [ "The Take" Official website]
*imdb title|id=0426596|title=The Take
* [ El Cambio Silencioso] — a site about recuperated factories in Argentina, run by a journalist who worked on the film
* [ Spoilers for "The Take"]
* [ The take] Direct download (.avi, 700 Mo)

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