Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I just watched 5 Factories by Dario Azellinni and Oliver Ressler. The movie played with my movie La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo at the New Museum last month but I didn't get to see it. So we did a swap across the Atlantic. It jumps right in with the economics and reality of running a factory then goes to the next one. Aluminum, paper, cocoa, textile and ketchup factories. It's beautifully shot and gives a real revolutionary perspective. Not just a Chavez commercial, which I was afraid of. A lot of talk by the president of the aluminum factory about Soviet-style "state capitalism" masquerading as socialism. On the one hand, it's cool that workers really are controlling the factories and are not just ceding control to the state. On the other hand, his rhetoric sounds a lot like a pure Marxist denouncing revisionists. I wonder about some of the problems and how long this is feasible. It seems extraordinary and hopeful. I mean instead of just accepting the great movement of capital and markets, take control of the closing/closed factories and keep everyone at work. The people are inspiring. Have to get used to the Caribbean accent where everyone drops their s's.