THE TAKE (Avi Lewis) Rating: NNNN
The one-time counterSpin host's first feature documentary is at once a primer on anti-capitalist activist tactics, a snapshot of a fascinating historical moment and a complex emotional drama.
In 2001, when the Argentine economy collapsed under the weight of IMF "reforms," CEOs took the money and ran, leaving factories abandoned and thousands out of work. Written by Lewis's wife, No Logo author Naomi Klein, The Take follows a few people as they occupy their former workplaces and battle greedy owners, a recalcitrant government and dissension within their own ranks to get the factories up and running again, on their own terms.
Smart, gripping, inspiring. (Bloor, December 26 to 28)