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The Occupy by workers in Argentina in 2004

This is a movie that I recently watched. It is called 'The Take', a documentary directed by Avi Lewis, with Naomi Klein in 2004.

The workers called it 'Occupy' in the movie! It was/is a horizontal movement. Workers decide to retake the factories, where they were working, that had been shut down. There are some violent 'protest' scenes, like those we are seeing today. (One of the movie crew is badly injured filming a protest.) Ultimately, the workers won in court. They won the right to stay and work.

I thought about this movie during our Occupy movements. Then it was mentioned tonight on Democracy Now as an example of a horizontal movement - that is the movement was mentioned, not the movie.

At that time, the economy of Argentina was in free fall. They could not pay their loans to the IMF. Ultimately Argentina defaulted and started the move for countries in South America to stand up to the IMF. At the end of the movie, this had not yet happened, and the feeling is that things will not change under the new President Kirchner (who won by a thread) - but they did.

"Following Argentina's economic collapse in 2001, 30 unemployed auto-parts factory workers marched into an idle Buenos Aires plant and refused to leave. This simple protest -- the take -- ultimately pitted the workers against their bosses, the banks and the Goliath of corporate globalization. Journalist and social activist Avi Lewis's documentary chronicles the workers' passionate mission to reopen the plant -- and restore their lost dignity." from Netflix

"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. 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." from