The Women of Brukman (2008)

Genres - Business, Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Social History  |   Countries - Canada  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Nathan Southern

In 2001, against the background of Argentina's devastating economic collapse, a miraculous event occurred that quickly became a textbook case study for sociologists. A group of seamstresses at Brukman's clothing factory responded to their supervisors' abandonment of the plant by taking over the operation themselves. They soon reorganized the factory with a self-management business model, sans corporate hierarchy - nary a boss in sight. Isaac Isitan's documentary The Women of Brukman observes these brave and determined workers over several years - a period that witnesses them fighting to get the business back on its feet, being unjustly booted out by authorities, and grappling with the law to reclaim their right to manage the business. Throughout, Isitan not only views the group collectively, but provides stirring, stimulating biographical profiles of each courageous woman.

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Argentina, economic-problems, factory, reorganization, seamstress