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The Take
A film by Avi Lewis & Naomi Klein

87 minutes, documentary, color, 2004
In English & Spanish with English or Spanish subtitles

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In the wake of Argentina’s spectacular economic collapse, Latin America’s 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.

WINNER! Grand Jury Prize- AFI Film Festival
WINNER! Best Documentary- Cleveland Int'l Film Festival
WINNER! Best Justice & Human Rights Film- Vermont Int'l Film Festival


"Astonishing!" - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Extraordinary!" - The New Yorker

"Stirring!" - The New York Times

"Fierce and inspiring." - The Washington Post

"Eye-opening, possibility-widening." - New York Newsday

"Impassioned cinematic journalism." - Hollywood Reporter

"A suspenseful, cautionary tale universal in its implications." - Los Angeles Times

Recommended Reading

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein

No Logo: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs by Naomi Klein

Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate by Naomi Klein


Watch the film, then support the workers!
For the first time, products made in Argentina’s legendary occupied factories can be purchased online for delivery to North America: market.theworkingworld.org.

Disc Features

●  Short Film: Gustavo Benedetto: Presente!
●  Documentary: Fire the Director: The Making of The Take

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