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The Women of Bruckman

Isaac Isitan / Canada / 2006 / 52 ' / Spanish / S.T. French

Credits

Fernando López-Escriva & Diego Briceño-Orduz
Isaac Isitan & Carole Poliquin

Awards & Festivals

2009, Best Prize, FIGRA
Special Wink, El Ojo Cojo
Best Investigation Documentary, DOCLISBOA
John Michael's Award, Big Muddy Film Festival
2008, Official Competition, Sundance

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A doc about one of the most inspiring of the many new economic experiments in Argentina

Synopsis

During the 2001 economic collapse in Argentina, the seamstresses at Brukman’s clothing factory took over the operation the owners had abandoned. They reorganized it on a self-management model, without a doubt the most inspiring of the many new economic experiments in that country. The name Brukman’s went from being a symbol of worker exploitation to being a site of revolutionary labour participation – all workers, no bosses.

Isaac Isitan followed these courageous women over many years, their struggle to get the operation running again, their expulsion from the factory, months of battling to get it back, and tangles with the law. This is the story of a venture that began as a means of survival and became a genuine school for civics. Besides following the labour politics, the film also gets close to the women as individuals finding a way to put dignity into their working lives.

 

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