Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

THE TAKE

Year: 2004
Country: CANADA, ARGENTINA
Language: English, Spanish
Run Time: 83 minutes

Imagine an idle factory, silenced by market forces. Imagine that, instead of frustrated workers pacing at home, driving cabs, or muttering at union halls, they sneak back into the factory and start up the machines ? an action called The Take. Imagine workers forming co-ops and re-writing the rules of engagement for their livelihoods. Shot over eight months in suburban Buenos Aires with the help of activists, this film documents how the casualties of Argentina?s economic collapse have regenerated 200 factories and created an embryonic alternative economy. They thwart their bosses and the banks with little more than refusing to leave the factories, or resorting to slingshots. Made by outspoken journalist Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein, the author of ?No Logo. THE TAKE can be taken as a new manifesto of sorts, one that turns globalization on its head.

Screenplay
Naomi Klein

Directors
Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis

Producer
Avi Lewis, Naomi Klein

Cinematography
Mark Ellam

Editing
Ricardo Acosta

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