LatinAmerican CineClub by Cinema Klandestino

Cinema Klandestino take leave of their hometown this Friday the 29th of May to travel to London for one night only.KallingKardFront

We will be showing two films:

1. FRETECO: Occupied Factories and Workers’ Control in Venezuela
2. LA TOMA (The Take)

and presenting the collective and what we do!

*Location: Library House, 52 Knatchbull Road, London, SE5 9QY*
*Time 7.30pm*
*on donations*

*FRETECO: Occupied Factories and Workers’ Control in Venezuela *freteco01
Venezuela, 2009, 40mins
Spanish with English subtitles.

A new film on the Venezuelan Revolution. Produced by Vive TV in Venezuela, this new documentary on FRETECO explores the movement of occupied factories and workers’ control in Venezuela.
From the Mitsubishi auto plant to the Inveval valve plant; from the Gotcha T-Shirt factory to the INAF hardware factory, workers young and old, male and female, tell their stories and explain why they came to the realization that demanding nationalization under workers’ control is the only way forward.
With examples explaining how factory and workers’ councils function, the role of the communal councils, and the movement for “trade unionism of a new type,” this video provides a living, breathing look at a crucial aspect of the Venezuelan Revolutionary process.

*LA TOMA (The Take)*
Argentina, 2004, 87mins
Spanish and English with English

A film by director Avi Lewis and writer Naomi Klein, focusing on the struggle of workers in Argentina to take back their abandoned factories amidst economic collapse.
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.
In the wake of Argentina’s dramatic economic collapse in 2001, Latin America’s most prosperous middle class finds itself in a ghost town of abandoned factories and mass unemployment. The Forja auto plant lies dormant until its former employees take action. They’re part of a daring new movement of workers who are occupying bankrupt businesses and creating jobs in the ruins of the failed system.
But Freddy, the president of the new worker’s co-operative, and Lalo, the political powerhouse from the Movement of Recovered Companies, know that their success is far from secure. Like every workplace occupation, they have to run the gauntlet of courts, cops and politicians who can either give their project legal protection or violently evict them from the factory.
The story of the workers’ struggle is set against the dramatic backdrop of a crucial presidential election in Argentina, in which the architect of the economic collapse, Carlos Menem, is the front-runner. His cronies, the former owners, are circling: if he wins, they’ll take back the companies that the movement has worked so hard to revive.
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.

*Cinema Klandestino*
Inspired by the Cineclubs of Bogotá, the Cinema Klandestino Collective have spent the past year and a half bringing the best of Latin American cinema, old and new, to a Bristolian audience.
Launched in November 2007, Cinema Klandestino is Bristol’s roving underground cinema club, screening features, documentaries and shorts on a weekly basis and providing a non-profit alternative to mainstream cinema for a weekly fee of only two British pounds – all of which goes to improving their setup and sourcing new films.
Borne out of a do-it-yourself philosophy, Kolectivo Klandestino have a conscious commitment to providing a space for exploring the cultures, societies and politics of Latin America and an opportunity for Bristolians to engage with film and one another.
Situated in an ever-expanding series of squatted spaces and independent Social Centres, the occasional Scout Hut and in people’s homes, CineK explores the geogra- phies of Bristol’s underground social scene bringing people and place together in new ways. In line with its do-it- yourself philosophy, the collective requires participants to take a step towards them and call the Klandestine Hotline to find out where each event will be held.
Cinema Klandestino is plugged firmly into the Bristol’s alternative cultural scene. From their Latin niche with- in the city’s vibrant independent cinema culture the collective have forged links with numerous other groups in the city, working with them to cross-promote independent cultural and political events and modes of organisation.
07747 833376*


One Response to “LatinAmerican CineClub by Cinema Klandestino”

  1. Tadhg from Nice Says:

    And what a nice little fete it was… thanks guys!

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