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TONIGHT 12/20: Argentina Film @ Times Up

From: Sowmya
Sent on: Thursday, December 20, 2007 1:37 PM
Social Genocide (Memoria del saqueo)
A film by Fernando E. Solanas

WHEN: Tonight, Thursday, December 7, 8PM
WHERE: Times Up,49 East Houston Street between Mott and Mulberry.
B,D, F, V to Broadway-Lafayette or 6 to Bleecker or R or W to Prince Street.

Description: This documentary examines the recent economic catastrophe in
Argentina: the devastating consequences of globalization, neo-liberal
economics and corruption in this once rich country.

Length: 1:58
Cast: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Fernando Solanas, Ron Wood

After the fall of the military dictatorship in 1983, successive democratic
governments launched a series of reforms purporting to turn Argentina into
the world's most liberal and prosperous economy. Less than twenty years
later, the Argentinians have lost literally everything: major national
companies have been sold well below value to foreign corporations; the
proceeds of privatizations have been diverted into the pockets of corrupt
officials; revised labour laws have taken away all rights from employees;
in a country that is traditionally an important exporter of foodstuffs,
malnutrition is widespread; millions of people are unemployed and sinking
into poverty; and their savings have disappeared in a final banking
collapse. The film highlights numerous political, financial, social and
judicial aspects that mark out Argentina's road to ruin.

Review Summary

Activist filmmaker Fernando E. Solanas, best known for his revolutionary
documentary La Hora de los Hornos, directed this incisive look at the
crippling economic problems that have befallen Argentina and the
politicians who engineered them. Memoria del Saqueo focuses on the regime
of Carlos Menem, a former ally of Juan Peron who became president of
Argentina in 1989. While Menem was elected on a populist platform, he soon
launched a program of selling off state-owned utilities and service
companies to international investors at bargain prices, with the new
owners demanding higher prices for reduced services while disassembling
public companies and selling their assets overseas. In collusion with
finance minister Domingo Cavallo, Menem caused Argentina's national debt
to skyrocket, and as a well-connected handful became wealthy, the nation's
economy began to collapse, with poverty running rampant and unemployment
rising to new heights among the rank and file. Memoria del Saqueo details
just how Menem and his associates brought down the Argentinean economy, as
well as how managed news coverage attempted to persuade the people that
their practices were actually in the nation's best interest. ~ Mark
Deming, All Movie Guide

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