Shift Change and filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin

By Jim Carey

Come see the Seattle filmmakers and producers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin at the Moving Beyond Capitalism conference at the Hotel Mision, Salida a Queretaro 1 on Saturday, August 2, at 8pm. We will show their award-winning film Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work.

Film and discussion
Within the Moving Beyond Capitalism Conference
Shift Change and filmmakers
Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin
Sat, Aug 2, 8pm
Hotel Mision
Salida a Querétaro 1

The film is 69 minutes long and will be in Spanish and in English, followed by a discussion.

Their numerous documentary films on social justice and environmental issues in the global north and the global south are known for their diverse and outstanding examples of regular people helping create positive change.

Mark and Melissa were there in the early ‘90s when frustrated Argentine housewives, students, factory workers and lawyers weaved their way through Buenos Aires on a summer evening, banging on pots and pans, shouting: “Que se vayan todos”  (“Throw them all out.”)

Their film Argentina: Hope in Hard Times tells the inspiring story of how, in a failed economy of hard times, there was a resurgence of grassroots democracy and an irrepressible spirit of community.

In the United States, still suffering from the 2008 economic collapse, millions have been thrown out of work and are still jobless, millions have lost their homes and the long decline of good US manufacturing jobs continues.

The usual economic solutions are not working, so some citizens and public officials are ready to think outside of the box to reinvent our failing economy in order to restore long term community stability and a more egalitarian way of life.

Shift Change tells the little-known stories of employee-owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces. Mark and Melissa visit thriving cooperative businesses in San Francisco, Cleveland, Wisconsin and Massachusetts as well as the Mondragon Cooperative — a federation of 120 companies — in the Basque country of northern Spain.

Begun in the 1950s, the Mondragón co-ops have transformed a depressed area of Spain into one of the most productive in Europe, with a high standard of living and an egalitarian way of life. They are owned and managed by their workers. Seeing the achievements of the MCC helps to overcome the idea — widespread in North America — that worker-run cooperatives can only exist on the economic fringe.

This film is beautifully done. It’s open to the public and we look forward to an interesting discussion with these two bilingual award-winning documentary filmmakers.


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