The Take

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Overview

Carlos Menem was the president of Argentina between 1989 and 1999; under his administration, many of the nation's public works were privatized, and the nation's peso was linked to the value of the American dollar. When the nation quickly fell into debt, the International Monetary Fund stepped in to give the nation massive loans -- a tactic that only sent Argentina deeper into the hole, as the government struggled to pay the interest on their notes. The results were little short of disastrous, sending the economy ...
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Overview

Carlos Menem was the president of Argentina between 1989 and 1999; under his administration, many of the nation's public works were privatized, and the nation's peso was linked to the value of the American dollar. When the nation quickly fell into debt, the International Monetary Fund stepped in to give the nation massive loans -- a tactic that only sent Argentina deeper into the hole, as the government struggled to pay the interest on their notes. The results were little short of disastrous, sending the economy into a tailspin and forcing much of Argentina's industry to shut down. In 2001, following the example of other out-of-work laborers, the former employees of an Argentinean auto plant walked into the abandoned factory where they once worked and announced their plans to take it over and run the business as a cooperative. The auto company's owners soon stepped in to claim what they said was theirs, while labor advocates argued that since the company had been floated by IMF-backed loans before it closed, the true ownership of the shop was an open question. The Take is a documentary by activist filmmakers Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein that chronicles the standoff between the displaced laborers occupying their former workplace and the private and public forces who united against them.
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Special Features

Short film: "Gustavo Benedetto: Presente!"; Documentary: "Fire the Director: The Making of The Take"; Dolby Digital Surround Sound; English & Spanish Language options
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2006
  • UPC: 720229912013
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 61,861

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Clinton Interviewee
Gustavo Cordera Interviewee
Technical Credits
Avi Lewis Director, Producer
Ricardo Acosta Editor
Laszlo Barna Executive Producer
Silva Basmajian Producer
Mark Ellam Cinematographer
Naomi Klein Producer, Screenwriter
Katie McKenna Co-producer
David Wall Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Take
1. Opening Credits [4:05]
2. Climbing Towards the 1st World [6:06]
3. Occupy, Resist, Produce [3:21]
4. The Day of the Take [4:31]
5. Zanon Ceramics [5:42]
6. Not Just Factories [2:29]
7. First Meeting [3:21]
8. Menem's Back [3:25]
9. Our Dream's Don't Fit on Your Ballots [6:02]
10. Pyramids Vs. Networks [3:23]
11. The Middle Man [4:20]
12. Menem the Saviour [4:47]
13. Appealing to the Politicians [2:57]
14. Election Day [4:36]
15. The One That Started It All [7:36]
16. Expropriation [5:04]
17. The Burkman Showdown [4:35]
18. The Mistake to Avoid [4:08]
19. The Sequel [2:17]
20. End Credits [4:09]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Take
   Play Movie
   Set-Up
      Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Audio: English 2.0 Dolby Digital
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
   Scene Index
   Bonus Features
      Fire the Director: The Making of The Take
      Gustavo Benedetto: ┬íPresente!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    This is an excellent documentary that builds a portrait of the argentinian self-management movement, where a people subjected to the harsh, shock policies of the IMF and a careless government overcome their opression in a struggle for dignity and a decent livelihood. This is actually made by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein, author of shock doctrine and no logo. For more info on participatory economics, check out "Parecon", by Michael Albert. Highly reccomended for all social libertarians and anyone afraid of centralized government. Direct democracy that buds up amongst the wasteland of closed factories... another world is possible...

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