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Made by the couple Avi Lewis (director) and Naomi Klein (writer), this 2004 documentary chronicles how laid-off workers in Argentina took over some 200 closed factories and started them up again as leaderless co-ops, with every worker receiving the same salary. The filmmakers aren't blind to some of the contradictions and anomalies of this movement--they interview one co-op worker who'd recently voted for the neoconservative Carlos Menem, which is a bit like an American union worker supporting Bush--but they're primarily interested in the story's potential as an inspirational object lesson for the rest of the world. (Klein's best-selling account of the antiglobalization movement, No Logo, has a similarly positive and almost festive air in spots.) For me that's justification enough: anticapitalist propaganda that persuades and uplifts is in short supply these days. In English and subtitled Spanish. 87 min. Music Box.

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