Films Cycle

This is a work in progress. Films will be shown at various times during the "Moving Beyond Capitalism" conference.

Abuela Grillo

13 minutes

The Abuela Grillo character is based on a myth from the Bolivian lowlands, but the film tells the story of a historic moment in Bolivian water politics.

This animated film takes you on a journey with Abuela Grillo (Grandmother Grasshopper), who walks through urban and rural landscapes with a raincloud constantly luring over her shoulder. She encounters various obstacles as the film weaves a sad - and deeply symbolic - tale of environmental exploitation and government corruption.

Argentina: Hope in Hard Times

74 minutes

The film explores the economic depression in Argentina that began in 2001, when one of the most prosperous countries in South America was thrust into poverty. Argentina had been a poster child for corporate globalization before its economy collapsed.Unemployment reached 40%, and people who were middle class learned how it felt to be powerless, hungry, and poor. The country’s entire political system was discredited, and Argentina went through a dizzying changeover of four presidents in less than one month. With times so hard, people might have turned on each other in fear and desperation, but instead they turned toward each other in mutual support.

Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas

114 minutes English and Spanish with English and Spanish subtitles

From Venezuela's Communal Councils, to Brazil's Participatory Budgeting, from Constitutional Assemblies to grassroots movements, recuperated factories to cooperatives across the hemisphere; this documentary is a journey, which takes us across the Americas, to attempt to answer one of the most important questions of our time: What is Democracy?

Beyond the Bottom Line: American Worker Cooperatives

27 minutes English

Beyond the Bottom Line is a 30 minute documentary about a little known twist on the American Dream – businesses in which workers own the stock, reap the profits and decide for themselves how the company runs. It is the story of worker-entrepreneurs in dozens of communities and nearly every kind of business… from manufacturing to health care to high tech. Some are tiny firms, while others employ hundreds and record millions of dollars in yearly revenues.

Cooperativa Cacique Pismanta

50 minutes Spanish with English subtitles

Workers originally employed by the Hotel, relate the events which lead them to form a cooperative and take over the management and operation of the business themselves in the province of San Juan, Argentina. In managing the Hotel, the cooperative also fought to end the pollution of the environment by Barrikgold, an American company with extensive mining operations in the area.

CEDESA - Centro de Desarrollo Agropecuario  A.C.

20 minutes Spanish with English subtitles  

CEDESA Centro para el Desarrollo Social y Agropecuaria in nearby Dolores Hidalgo provides assistance to rural villagers in low-cost sustainable technologies (dry toilets, cisterns, rain catchment, Lorena stoves, etc.) and produces and markets bee, cactus and other food products. It was founded in 1965. During the MBC conference, there will be a trip to the Annual Fair of CEDESA.

A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle For A Living Planet

101 minutes    2012     English   

Spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism, this exhilarating documentary is the history of the environmental  movement bringing to light some of the stories where people fought - and succeeded - against enormous odds. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to fighting toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace to Chico Mendez; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization.

Watch the Official Trailer here

Harvest Of Empire: The Untold Story Of Latinos In America

90 minutes   2012   

Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning NY Daily News journalist and Democracy Now! co-host Juan González, “Harvest of Empire” takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape.

From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, the film unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S. “They never teach us in school that the huge Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government’s actions in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America over many decades -- actions that forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north,” says Juan González at the beginning of the film.

The film provides a rare and powerful glimpse into the enormous sacrifices and rarely-noted triumphs of our nation’s growing Latino community.  It features present day immigrant stories, rarely seen archival material, as well as interviews with such respected figures as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchú, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Díaz, Mexican historian Dr. Lorenzo Meyer, journalists Maria Hinojosa and Geraldo Rivera, Grammy award-winning singer Luis Enrique, and poet Martín Espada.

The filmmakers tell their story with a deep underlying conviction that once Americans have accurate facts, “they rarely allow injustices to stand”.

English Trailer:

Trailer en Español:

A Documentary Film by Catherine Murphy

The Cuban Literacy Campaign in 1961 was one of the farthest-reaching and most successful literacy campaigns to date, a pinnacle moment in the social history of the Americas. The documentary Maestra tells the personal stories of the youngest women literacy workers who went to the mountains and valleys across the island to teach—and found themselves deeply transformed in the process.

Marx Reloaded

2011English / German with English subtitles.

This is a German documentary written and directed by the Jason Barker, the British writer and theorist. Featuring interviews with several well-known philosophers. The film aims to examine the relevance of ideas of Karl Marx in relation to the 2008 collapse.

Mexican Dream / Sueño Mexicano

Jon Wetterau's documentary is about Indigenous Mixtec immigrants in Southern Mexico who go to Minnesota.

His movie will be shown during the conference. See the schedule.

This trailer is a preview of his movie.


The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

a talk by Chris Hedges    English only      November 17, 2013

The myth of human progress, the unexamined belief in the ability of our industrial and technological society to save us from collapse, is a form of magical thinking. These forces, in fact, will ensure that the descent will be swifter and more brutal. Chris Hedges will examine this myth and others that have left us collectively self-deluded. He will look at effective forms of resistance and rebellion in an age of totalitarian capitalism and at ways to keep our lives whole and sane as we begin to face the great unraveling.

The Next American Revolution: Beyond Corporate Capitalism and State Socialism

Gar Alperovitz        47 minutes   English only      

While there's been no shortage of commentary about the structural crisis plaguing the American economic and political system, from wage stagnation and chronic unemployment to unchecked corporate and state power and growing inequality, analyses that offer practical, politically viable solutions to these problems have been few and far between. This illustrated presentation from distinguished historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz is a rare and stunning exception. Pointing to efforts already under way in thousands of communities across the U.S., from co-ops and community land trusts to municipal, state, and federal initiatives that promote entrepreneurship and sustainability, Alperovitz marshals years of research to show how bottom-up strategies can work to check monopolistic corporate power, democratize wealth, and empower communities. The result is a highly accessible look at the current economy and a common-sense roadmap for building a system more in sync with American values.

SHIFT CHANGE is a documentary film by veteran award-winning film-makers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin.  

69 minutes   English/Spanish with English subtitles

It tells the little known stories of employee owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.

With the long decline in US manufacturing and today’s economic crisis, millions have been thrown out of work, and many are losing their homes. The usual economic solutions are not working, so some citizens and public officials are ready to think outside of the box, to reinvent our failing economy in order to restore long term community stability and a more egalitarian way of life.There is growing interest in firms that are owned and managed by their workers. Such firms tend to be more profitable and innovative, and more committed to the communities where they are based. Yet the public has little knowledge of their success, and the promise they offer for a better life.

The Story of the the Solutions / La Historia de las Soluciones

Annie Leonard   Spanish with English subtitles.

The Story of Solutions, released in October 2013, explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal. In the current ‘Game of More’, we’re told to cheer a growing economy – more roads, more malls, more Stuff! – even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting. But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better – better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet? Shouldn’t that be what winning means?  

English version:

En Espanol:

The Take  a film by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein

87 minutes           English/Spanish with English subtitles

The Take is a Canadiandocumentary film released in 2004 by the wife and husband team of Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis. It tells the story of workers in Buenos Aires, Argentina who reclaim control of a closed Forja auto plant where they once worked and turn it into a worker cooperative. The plant closed as a result of the economic policies of the Carlos Menem government under the watchful eye of the International Monetary Fund.

While in bankruptcy protection, the company appeared to be selling off property and inventory to pay creditors – a move which further reduced the chances of the facility returning to production. In an effort to establish their own control, the workers occupied the factory and began a long battle to win the right to operate it themselves, as a cooperative.

This collective movement has gained strength in Argentina, having started with a garment factory several years earlier. The factory workers waded through the courts and legislative system with help from the experience of these other groups who had fought the same battle, and ultimately secured their right to operate the plant. The film describes the ideological fights beyond co-operative ownership, showing how Menem regained strength as he ran for a subsequent term, despite the poor performance of his privatisation while in office. Ultimately, the workers succeed.


60 minutes     Spanish / Nahuatl    with English subtitles

“13 Pueblos: In Defense of Water, Air and Earth” chronicles citizens from 13 Morelos villages and their struggle against environmental degradation from human misuse and industrial and commercial projects brought on by NAFTA. To keep from plummeting into poverty under this new system they had three choices—joining guerilla forces, drug trafficking or immigration. Instead, these 13 pueblos, or villages, led by a Council of Elders, joined forces and begun protesting.“13 Pueblos” was made by award winning Mexican filmmaker Francesco Taboada Tabone. Taboada sees his films as a platform to instigate a grassroots change throughout the wider community. “Los pueblos have a strong oral tradition,” he said. “We have to promote this knowledge throughout communities. You will never find this kind of movie in commercial theaters in Mexico or the United States. But you may find it on a small street projected on blankets.”

Avances del Documental "Grutas de Tolantongo"

Avances del Documental sobre la historia de la cooperativa ejidal Grutas de Tolantongo en el Municipio de Cardonal en el Estado de Hidalgo. El documental comparte la historia de éxito de un ejido en el México rural que decidió compartir con el mundo las bellezas naturales que tienen en su territorio por medio de una organización colectiva que dignifica el trabajo de mujeres y hombres de origen Otomí. El documental se está realizando con el apoyo del Centro para la Justicia Global y Grupo de Acción Interdisciplinaria Ambiental A.C. - GAIA

by AtahualpaCaldera

Tolantongo Documentary Trailer

Tolantongo Cooperative is an unpretentious resort in the Valle del Mezquital region of Hidalgo state, not too far north of Mexico City. Situated in a breathtakingly beautiful box canyon one-kilometer deep, a thermal river flows out of the canyon's closed end. The resort is a "cooperativa ejidal," a cooperative located on the communal land of an ejido that is governed democratically by its members called "ejidatarios."

The Director, Atahualpa Caldera, is also a co-producer of an award-winning documentary directed by Francesco Taboada Tabone called "13 Pueblos: en defensa del agua, el aire y la tierra" (defending water, air and land), Winner of Premio Rigoberta Menchu at the Montreal 2008 People's Festival.

The west - Ukraine - Russia

Multidimensionality of contradictions, Definiteness of a position by Professor A. Buzgalin


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