CAPITALIST CRISIS 

Inside Job: http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/ – provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost of over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. This is presented in an easy to understand manner, without the Wall Street jargon or economic text-book mathematical language.

Capitalism: A Love Story: http://www.michaelmoore.com/books-films/capitalism-love-story -This is a Michael Moore exposé of the failure of corporate capitalism to fulfill the American Dream with some very moving footage of wrecked lives. This movie has some extremely funny footage of Wall Street brokers attempting to explain how derivatives work. There is a short section on workers taking over a window factory in Chicago as well as the sprouting up of worker cooperatives.

Network: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_qgVn-Op7Q – If the ratings of your news division were so bleak, would it be worth trying to raise them by telling the truth about the news industry itself? This is the dilemma faced by the UBS network in 1976. Can terrorism and socialism be turned into sympathetic dramatic series if the price is right? The line between what’s on the tube and what is real becomes provocatively blurred. An all-star cast.

The Power of Nightmares: The Politics of Fear: Adam Curtis: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-power-of-nightmares/ – What do Islamic fundamentalists have in common with American neoconservatives? Apparently more than you might suspect. Documentarian Adam Curtis traces a chillingly parallel story of each movement from the end of World War II until 2000. Back and forth, from Egypt to the United States we slowly discover how the two seemingly opposites both support and amplify each other. This is a complex but rewarding three-hour thriller. Have a pen and paper handy to keep track of the plot and characters.

The Century of the Self: Adam Curtis: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-century-of-the-self/  – So you think psychology is about helping people find inner peace, improve romance and heal families? That is psychology “Lite”. In this great four-part documentary we discover “Dark psychology”, which has lasted a century. Covering the period from 1918 to 1996 Adam Curtis shows how the field of psychology and psychiatry worked with advertisers against the American public by selling them products; helping  to start and sustain the popularization of World War I and overthrow a socialist government in Guatemala.  In the late 1960’s Esalen experimented in confronting race relations with disastrous results and succeeded in hijacking a generation of activists away from politics and towards individualistic solutions such as psychotherapy and Eastern mysticism.

WORKER TAKE-OVERS

La Commune by Peter Watkins: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0257497/ – a mammoth three-disc dramatization of “ten weeks that shook Europe” in 1871 when workers took over Paris and ran the city without capitalists or the state.

The Take: http://www.thetake.org/ Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein – In the shadow of an economic meltdown in Argentina workers in an auto parts factory refuse to leave their bankrupt company. Not only do they take over the factory, but they also restart production on their own, linking their factory to other sectors of the remaining population. An inspiring and personal story of how firing your boss can pay off!

Argentina’s Occupied Factories, a documentary: http://www.zcommunications.org/argentinas-occupied-factories-preview-by-site-administrator – a fifty five minute tour of the factories taken over in Argentina with interviews put together by political economic visionary Michael Alpert.The problems as well as the successes are treated with sensitivity and hope.

Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution: http://www.zcommunications.org/venezuelas-bolivarian-revolution-preview-by-site-administrator – Once a country gets on the bad side of US foreign policy it is difficult to find on-going and objective news about what is going on. Despite the United States’ failed attempt to overthrow socialist President Hugo Chavez, his Bolivarian revolution continues. This 80-minute documentary by social visionary Michael Alpert interviews workers in factories, a television station, a day-care program and more. It includes an in-depth interview with sociologist Greg Wolpert.

Strong Roots: The Landless Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil www.globalexhange.org – In Brazil there is a law that the land-owners must give up their ownership if they don’t cultivate the land over a certain number of years. This is the story of poor farmers who took over the land, grew their own food communally, managed their own farm and coordinated circulation and distribution systems in their surrounding communities.

Made in the USA: American Worker Cooperatives: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cyP1tR45qU – A 35-minute video of worker-coops in the United States. It includes interesting issues such as how coops determine if there will be differentiation in pay scale; how they survive and hold their workers in tight economic times; by what process do they come to decide to ask a worker to leave.

Shift Change: Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young: http://shiftchange.org/ – This 70-minute documentary moves nicely between the largest and most thriving coop in the world, the 50 year old Mondragon experiment, and smaller cooperatives in the United States. Skeptics say that coops are largely limited to the food industry such as bakeries, restaurants or farms and further they cater to middle and upper middle class neighborhoods. Shift change shows how WAGES has organized domestic workers into a coop. It also films engineers in Wisconsin collectively creating and manufacturing doors for large buildings.