OF THE FACTORY
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
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
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
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.
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