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THE TAKE Returns to NYC for One Weekend Only!
Followed by extensive Q&A with director Avi Lewis
To support local and international labor struggles

The Take is a political thriller that turns the globalization debate on its head. Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s film follows Argentina's radical new movement of occupied businesses: groups of workers who are claiming the country's bankrupt workplaces and running them without bosses.

Saturday, October 29th, 2005
Wollman Theatre, Cooper Union, 51 Astor Place (b/w 3rd and 4th Aves.)
$5 Suggested Donation

Sunday, October 30th, 2005
Roone Arledge Cinema, Lerner Hall, Columbia University (115th and Broadway)
7 pm
$ 5 Suggested Donation

Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Special Thanks to: FIRST RUN / ICARUS FILMS

Downtown screening presented by the Graduate Student Organizing Committee (Local 2110 UAW) and Grad/Undergrad Solidarity of NYU who are fighting for union recognition and a new contract for NYU’s grad student employees. For more info contact  arc280@nyu.edu.

Uptown screening presented by Columbia University’s Latin American Students Association, Forum on Globalization, Human Rights Working Group, Institute of Latin American Studies, Microfinance Working Group, Students for Economic and Environmental Justice, Student Organization of Latinos, GSEU/Local 2110 UAW, Student Labor Action Project, Media and Communications in War and Peace, the Minority Policy Coalition, the SIPA Human Rights Program and the Program in Economic and Political Development. For more info contact  as2584@columbia.edu.

Although both screenings are free and open to the public, all funds collected will support The Working World, an organization providing microfinance loans to workers’ organizations in the global south. www.theworkingworld.org

More on THE TAKE:

In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave.

All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act —The Take — has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head.

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.

The story of the workers' struggle is set against the dramatic backdrop of a crucial presidential election in Argentina, in which the architect of the economic collapse, Carlos Menem, is the front-runner. His cronies, the former owners, are circling: if he wins, they'll take back the companies that the movement has worked so hard to revive.

Armed only with slingshots and an abiding faith in shop-floor democracy, the workers face off against the bosses, bankers and a whole system that sees their beloved factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale.

With The Take, director Avi Lewis, one of Canada's most outspoken journalists, and writer Naomi Klein, author of the international bestseller No Logo, champion a radical economic manifesto for the 21st century. But what shines through in the film is the simple drama of workers' lives and their struggle: the demand for dignity and the searing injustice of dignity denied.


The LA Times: Set in a time of national economic disaster, The Take is a stirring story of workers organizing… a suspenseful and cautionary tale documenting the consequences of globalization… universal in its implications.

The Vancouver Sun: A story of every-day heroism that also offers a model for productive change by repositioning the people as the power-brokers.

NY Times: A stirring, idealistic documentary!

The New Yorker: Lewis and Klein have done something extraordinary! The workers in The Take are so admirable, displaying a melancholy eloquence and a genuine revolutionary spirit.

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