Saturday, January 08, 2005

"Welcome to the globalized ghost town."

'The Take - A Film by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein.' This recent NFB release by the king and queen of anti-globalization has been getting good reviews. While the Washington Post and New York Times applaud it as 'radical' and 'stirring', leave it to the hometown Star to be the lone fart in the wind.

Set in Argentina during the economic meltdown a few years back, 'The Take' chronicles the lives of industrial workers left behind thanks to the national economic retooling courtesy of the IMF. While workers here would whine all the way to the pogey line, these characters suck it up, buy the plant with their back wages and operate it themselves.

Now that's solidarity!!!

2 Comments:

Blogger Nick said...

The week of my move here, I was accosted on the street by a smelly pamphleteer who was shilling this movie on the night of its Montreal debut. He even tipped us off to the nightclub-restaurant where Naomi's afterparty was to be held. I regret not attending, but the guy's odour was so eye-wateringly pungent that I could not fathom being in a room filled with his ilk. Why must the hippie movement smell so bad?

10:36 AM  
Blogger Dick said...

You should have dropped by... I think it would have made for a post which could possibly supersede the bike lanes fiasco.

The scent of the hippie movement is an interesting cultural phenomenon. How one can ever go to such extremes as to forego deodorant or abscond from bathing is indeed a fascinating - and frightful - notion. Having spent many years in the 'Environmental Studies' field, I've had to endure the scent of many an odorous hippie. Unfortunately you just never get used to it.

2:31 PM  

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