The Take (La toma) is a 2004 documentary written by Naomi Klein and directed by Avi Lewis. It tells the story of the workers of Argentina who took control of industrial factories that were shut down during the economic crisis and converted them into worker-run cooperatives. This film was immensely impactful and known throughout the world, popularizing phrases like “Fire the Boss” and “Occupy, Resist, Produce” for its English-language audience.
Duration: 90 minutes
Nine Days on Strike at Zanon
This video documents the first steps in the organization and struggle of the ceramic workers of Neuquén and tells the story of the exemplary 9-day strike that forced a major victory from the boss. The film depicts factory pickets in the early morning and heated discussions among workers who refuse to allow the struggle to end in defeat.
Duration: 20 minutes
Zanon, School of Planning
The first experience of workers’ control in 20 years has emerged in the province of Neuquén. During this period, we witness the planning of production that is at the service of the community, and its ties with the unemployed workers’ movement and human rights organizations. This is a reassessment of the socialist outlook in the context of the crisis in Argentina. This video has been viewed and discussed by dozens of groups of workers and students across the country.
Duration: 35 minutes
Zanon Belongs to the People
On April 8, 2003, workers, secondary and university students, indigenous communities, youngsters and the elderly people from all walks of life unite in an act of people’s defense against attempts by police to evict Zanon factory workers who are operating production under workers’ control. The workers organize and prepare to resist as solidarity comes from all corners of the country and prevents capitalists from seizing possession. Zanon belongs to the people.
Duration: 20 minutes
Zanon Ceramics Factory
A short, agitational video dealing with the workers’ fight as it emerges in December 2001. Produced by Contraimagen.
Duration: 2 minutes
FASINPAT – Factory without a Boss
Documentary about workers’ self-management at Zanon, produced and directed by Italian filmmaker Daniele Incalcaterra in 2004.
Duration: 68 minutes
Heart of the Factory
Full-length documentary by Ernesto Ardito and Virna Molina, looking at the human and political experience of the workers at the Zanón/Fasinpat ceramics factory. In 2001, the workers prevented the closure of the factory and are still working today without managers or bosses. Winner of nine international prizes, including the Kodak Award for Best Latin American Project.
Duration: 120 minutes