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Argentina: Turning Around

By Jim Carey

The film Argentina: Turning Around focuses on how the social and political environment in Argentina has changed since the 2001 economic crash. Kim Scipes, a sociologist from Purdue University, says: “This film takes us into a society that is actively trying to find solutions to the neo-liberal policies advanced by the US Government, the International Monetary Fund, and many economists around the world.”

Occupy San Miguel presents: Argentina:
Turning Around
Mon, Sep 1, 1pm
TV Room
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Loreto 15
No charge

By 2006, for most people in Argentina, life had become more normal again. Once the emergency passed and the intense grassroots activity subsided; many cooperative and democratic efforts in communities and workplaces continued. “Capitalism used to make us feel: ‘You are guilty because you lost your job.’ This has now changed.” There is a new sense of dignity and empowerment alive and well in Argentina.

In 2003, Nestor Kirchner was elected President, and he was succeeded by his wife, Cristina Fernández, in 2007. They persuaded the courts and government agencies to give worker-run factories a chance to prove themselves (even as former owners tried to get them back). Argentina paid off its entire debt to the IMF with help from Venezuela, and the leaders began to prosecute human rights offenders from the military dictatorship of 1976-83.

As the economy recovered substantially in 2004-2007, official unemployment rates dropped from over 20 percent to 8 percent (2007) to 7.5 percent (August, 2014). Argentineans would never again let their government favor the demands of global corporations and institutions at the expense of regular people, such as happened in the 1990s. We hear their strong voices say: “If you don’t want to work for the people, then get out of the way.”

Recently, Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, the directors and producers of these films, attended the Center for Global Justice’s Moving Beyond Capitalism conference with 200 other activists from the global north and global south.

When Melissa and Mark are asked, “Why did you produce these films on Argentina?” they respond, “To encourage our own resurgence of grassroots democracy in the US. It is hard to imagine resolving the current economic situation and the challenges of energy and climate change by relying on the same top-down, profit-maximizing institutions that got us into this mess in the first place.”

Don’t miss it! The film will be screened Monday, September 1, at 1pm in the TV room of the Quinta Loreto Hotel, Loreto 15, presented by Occupy San Miguel. The film is 37 minutes and will be followed by a discussion. There is no charge.


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