This Friday, 8th December, Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust will be showing the film The Take in the cinema at St. James Cavalier in Valletta at 6.30pm. The Take (2004), which the New York Times commends as “a stirring, idealistic documentary,” tells the captivating true story of thirty unemployed auto-parts workers in suburban Buenos Aires who 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.
This event on Friday is related to the theme of this year’s fifth edition of the Taste the World fair trade festival to be held this Saturday between 10.00am and 10.00pm at St. James Cavalier. Entrance to the film is free. However, a small donation to cover expenses will be appreciated.
The 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.
The Take won the Documentary Award in the annual AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival and was nominated for various other awards. According to The Los Angeles 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.”