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Argentina's Financial Collapse
Argentina's Economic Collapse
In Revolt - Argentina
Middle Class Revolt - Argentina
Under Threat - Argentina
Returning The Stolen - Argentina
Over the Brink - Argentina
Corporate Takeover - Argentina
Challenging the Church - Argentina
A Political Tango - Argentina
The Living Dead - Argentina
Argentina economic crisis
Heart of the Factory

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Argentina

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Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is located in South America, bordered by Chile to the west and south, Bolivia and Paraguay to the north and Brazil and Uruguay to the northeast. Argentina claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
The country is a federation of 23 provinces and the autonomous city of Buenos Aires, its capital and largest city. It is the eighth-largest country in the world by land area and the largest among Spanish-speaking nations. Argentina is a founding member of the United Nations, Mercosur, the Union of South American Nations, the Organization of Ibero-American States, the World Bank Group and the World Trade Organization, and is one of the G-15 and G-20 major economies.

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A recognized Southern Cone power,and middle power, Argentina is Latin America's third-largest economy, with a "very high" rating on the Human development index. Within Latin America, Argentina has the fifth highest nominal GDP per capita and the highest in purchasing power terms. The Legatum Institute have argued that the country has a "foundation for future growth due to its market size, levels of foreign direct investment, and percentage of high-tech exports as share of total manufactured goods", and it is classed by investors as middle emerging economy.

In 2010, Argentina became the first country in South America and the tenth in the world to legally recognize same-sex marriage nationwide.

Argentina's Financial Collapse

Argentina's Economic Collapse
Documentary on the events that led to the economic collapse of Argentina in 2001 which wiped out the middle class and raised the level of poverty to 57.5%. Central to the collapse was the implementation of neo-liberal policies which enabled the swindle of billions of dollars by foreign banks and corporations. Many of Argentina's assets and resources were shamefully plundered. Its financial system was even used for money laundering by Citibank, Credit Suisse, and JP Morgan. The net result was massive wealth transfers and the impoverishment of society which culminated in many deaths due to oppression and malnutrition. Official name: Memoria del Saqueo by Fernando Solanas 2003.

In Revolt - Argentina
November 2002
We offer a fascinating feature that paints the IMF as the cause of the dire economic situation.

Middle Class Revolt - Argentina
4 March 2002
Chaos has hit the streets of Buenos Aires. Pots, pans and casserole lids are struck by angry protestors as they struggle to make themselves heard. "We are sick and tired of them stealing our money and lying to us," shouts Gilda Morales, an unemployed teacher." " Give me back the money I have earned and saved," shouts another. Outside the Italian embassy, disgruntled queues of immigrants stretch round the corner." There is no future here.

Under Threat - Argentina
August 2005
Americans are buying up vast swathes of land in Patagonia, bringing in needed investment. But many locals are troubled by the scale of this sell off.
Overgrazing has turned much of Patagonia into wasteland. "The land has turned to desert," laments farmer Jorge Lemos. "Today, it's very cheap because there are no pastures." While few Argentineans can afford to leave the land to recover, foreign companies are moving in. "43% of land in our country is virtually in foreign hands," complains politician Marta Maffei. "They control the water, they change the course of rivers, they control access to our own natural beauties." But the government welcomes the new investment as a way of regenerating the region. And some investors are bringing in a new ecological outlook. One recently spent .7 million buying up land to turn into a national park.

Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

Returning The Stolen - Argentina
August 2010
32 years after Argentina's military dictatorship, a heartbreaking legacy emerges. Hundreds are discovering that their 'parents' are impostors, responsible for the kidnap and murder of their real parents.

When thousands of political opponents disappeared in the 1970s, relatives were left distraught. "We only want to know where our children are!" - a woman cries in a crowded street rally where sobbing women hold up pictures of the disappeared. Around 5000 were taken to 'ESMA' - a secret prison where torture and murder were common crimes. Yet it' s only recently that the theft of children and babies of pregnant captives has come to light: "We never imagined this was a systematic plan, executed in a perverse manner", says Estella of the 'Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo'. They work to recover 'lost children' like Huan, who thinks the man who raised him beat him because "every time he looked at me he would revisit the horror of his crime". He now fights for DNA testing to become compulsory. The children of wealthy media magnate Ernestina Herrera de Noble, may not wish to take part in the inquiry, but "the justice system is obliged to solve the crime". And for the lucky ones who still have relatives alive, reunion after 32 years is the most powerful revelation of an unbreakable bond: "it was almost the most beautiful feeling I've ever had in my life".

Produced By SBS Australia
Distributed By Journeyman Pictures

Over the Brink - Argentina
April 2002
In Buenos Aires, the streets are crammed with cheering people. Yet this is no joyous Latin American street party. This middle-class crowd is calling for popular revolt; the downfall of the government, if not the entire system. Close by, the less educated classes scavenge in rubbish bags for food or paper to sell for recycling. In a country with a debt of 150 billion USD, it's estimated that 50,000 Argentineans now live this way.

Corporate Takeover - Argentina
Nov 2003
Impoverished workers in Argentina have taken over their factories in a bid to create jobs. And surprisingly their government has chosen to support them.

Produced by SBS/Dateline
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

Challenging the Church - Argentina
April 2005
The Catholic Church in Argentina is at the forefront of the campaign opposing equal rights for gays. But thanks to its recent history its influence in Argentina is waning.

"The Church has lost credibility in Argentina," comments gay activist Esteban Hubner. "The military junta had priests blessing bodies before they were thrown in the river from planes." More recently, the Church has been rocked by revelations of child abuse and accusations of hypocrisy. But having failed to stop gay marriages, it's now lobbying to prevent gay adoptions. "I think the consequences would be terrible for children," explains Archbishop Hector Aguer. "The confusion that it generates in the minds of the little ones could be terrible for their future life." It's not yet clear if the government will heed the Church's protests. Thousands of children in Argentina lack even one parent. And - although more than 80% of the population is Catholic - there's a growing call for greater separation of Church and State. The Church's edicts on condoms and abstinence are frequently ignored and the gay lobby is gaining influence. Despite this, the Church refuses to be cowed. As Archbishop Aguer states: "We can be understanding and charitable towards homosexuals but we're going to defend the natural character of the family."

Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

A Political Tango - Argentina
March 1996
The Tango remains a potent symbol for Argentina and the path to a troubled past.

In the Plaza De Mayo mothers release coloured balloons to commemorate the children who disappeared under the Generals of the 70s. Others harp back to the memorabilia of the 20s when Argentina was a world power. In suburban halls, teenagers tango to recordings made more than 50 years ago. A 24 hour TV station plays nothing but Tango - spangled dresses, fancy footwork, mirrored dance halls. Madonna's film about 'Evita' revives the antagonism between rich and poor. The rich still see her as a money grabbing whore, her 'shirtless ones' hail her as a saviour. Under President Carlos Menem, inflation is down and McDonald's restaurants grace the streets. But many in the shanty towns have missed out on the economic miracle. A colourful feature on Argentina past and present.

Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

The Living Dead - Argentina
Aug 9, 2010
Argentina's battle with the lethal narcotic Paco, often referred to as 'the drug of extermination', is slowly destroying the people of Buenos Aires. Can the resistance fight it before it's too late?

Sold for a meagre a packet, Paco is said to leave its victims in a zombie-like state. As the drug becomes readily available to the younger generation; parents are stepping in. One mother states, "going for a walk is like walking in hell lately, because of the Paco problem". However on the drug circuit: "there's money at stake and it takes away their power", and abundance of Paco; will make this fight harder than ever.

Produced by SBS
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

Argentina economic crisis
A story regarding important issues during the Argentine economic catastrophe such as dislocation of people, destruction of their dreams and their efforts to survive.

Heart of the Factory
The film looks at the life of a group of workers, men and women, inhabitants of the Argentinean Patagonia. These workers start a fight to stop the deaths and accidents that happen in the factory where they work. They live complex and dangerous conflicts and they are taking more and more commitment, something many of them had never imagined could happen.
These strong episodes are affecting their perception of the reality, of the world. No one now can see himself or herself like the human he or she used to be. Something broke, something has changed and can not return to the original place.
In a poor country looted by its own governments and businessmen, the workers of Zanon Ceramic take the factory in their own hands when the owner closes it. They start to produce ceramics again, but without bosses.
Now, they feel free. They’ve found in their work a way to grow humanly. But at the same time, they have to assume a series of responsibilities and challenges. Usually, this provokes serious arguments among them or with themselves.
During that process, the workers had to study and to overcome themselves in order to solve all the problems linked to the areas of production. Through the democratic assembly, they found a way to support their organisation and learn how to take their own decisions in the management.
In a country devastated by an economic debacle, they created two hundred new jobs. Now they are 470 people working in the factory.
Together with 5,000 Neuquen’s inhabitants who support them, workers have resisted four attempts of evictions.
They do not consider themselves as the new owners of the ceramic factory: on the contrary, they consider the Neuquén community as the only owner. And they give back in donations to the most needed sectors the surplus that the factory produces.
This is the only factory in the world where the workers' management (without bosses) has been operating for more than seven years. This is a permanent challenge where every day they have to fight against a political and economic system that tries to boycott them.
Their biggest obstacle though does not come from the outside. It is about their own fears inculcated by this society. Although many of them do not know it, if they win the battle in their consciences they will open the door to build a completely different world.

CREDITS:
Directed and Produced by: Virna Molina and Ernesto Ardito
Research, Script, Camera, Editing: Virna Molina and Ernesto Ardito
Original Music by: Virna Molina and Ernesto Ardito / Sound Designer: Virna Molina and Ernesto Ardito
Sound Recordist: Guillermo Kohen / Production Assistant: Laura Heredia and Guillermo Kohen

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