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Argentina - Hope in Hard Times
Monday, February 21, 7:00pm - FREE



Argentina - Hope in Hard Times

In the face of economic collapse, the Argentine people rescued themselves. This documentary film by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young provides a hopeful example for all of us.

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 5:30pm (Film at 7:00pm)
Free film screening in conjunction with the Houston Social Forum Potluck Dinner.

The Artery
5401 Jackson (at Prospect)
Houston, Texas, 77004

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Argentina - Hope in Hard Times
"¡Que se vayan todos!" Chants echo off the skyscrapers, burst through the plazas, and clamor down the streets of Buenos Aires. "Throw them all out!" shout legions of frustrated Argentine housewives, students and lawyers, weaving their way through the city one summer evening, banging on pots and pans. What would you do if you lost your job, they closed the banks so you couldn't access your savings, and the government seemed unable to help? In Argentina they stormed supermarkets for food; the police gunned down 30 people in just one day. But what happened next was truly extraordinary.

ARGENTINA - HOPE IN HARD TIMES joins in the processions and protests, attends street-corner neighborhood assemblies, visits workers' cooperatives and urban gardens, taking a close-up look at the ways in which Argentines are picking up the pieces of their devastated economy and creating new possibilities for the future. A spare narrative, informal interview settings, and candid street scenes allow the pervasive strength, humor, and resilience of the Argentine people to tell these tales. These are their inspiring stories - of a failed economy and distrusted politicians, of heartache and hard times, of a resurgence of grassroots democracy and the spirit of community - told in resonant detail.

Other films by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young are NET LOSS, ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE, NOT FOR SALE, GENE BLUES, ISLAS HERMANAS, and RISKY BUSINESS.



Reviews

"A wonderfully effective education piece on issues relating to the global economy and the real consequences of IMF/World Bank policies... the documentary illustrates in a beautiful and powerful way the potential that lies within ordinary people to truly care for one another and to self-organize their resources, communities, and enterprises to the benefit of all if presented with the need and the opportunity." - Dr. David Korten, President, The People-Centered Development Forum

"A great resource... depicts in detail the effects of globalization, neoliberal economics, and other broad trends on everyday people's experience." - Angelina Godoy, Acting Chair of Latin American Studies, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

"For anyone who has ever felt despair or pessimism in the face of the global economy, ARGENTINA - HOPE IN HARD TIMES is a powerful and inspiring antidote. A cogent critique of neoliberalism and a compelling alternative." - Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology, Boston College

"This film is a powerful reminder of the fragility of our global economy and the possibilities for rekindling the human spirit." - George Cheney, Professor of Communication, University of Utah

"The documentary's timeliness is matched both by the powerful scenes it shows and by its clear political message: Even in difficult times there is hope of a better world." - Arturo Santa-Cruz, Political Science Professor, University of Guadalajara, Mexico




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