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FACTORY TO THE WORKERS

by Srđan Kovačević

synopsis

In Croatia in 2005, a machine tools factory was occupied by its workers. Since then, they have operated collectively, becoming the only successful example of a worker occupation in post-socialist Europe. Today, as they seek a new model of collective ownership, the microcosmic world of the factory clashes with the forces of the globalized market economy, having an increasingly brutal impact on wages and the organization of the factory, causing rising disaffection among the workers. Filmmaker Srđan Kovačević returns regularly over a five year period to make a film that charts the evolution of this communal enterprise. Factory to the Workers tells the inside story of the workers who challenged the dominant economic narrative with their actions. After a decade, the same question remains: can a factory in the hands of workers survive at the periphery of capitalism, or do we need a bigger dream?

international title: Factory to the Workers
original title: Factory to the Workers
country: Croatia
year: 2021
genre: documentary
directed by: Srđan Kovačević
film run: 105'
film editing: Damir Cucic
producer: Sabina Krešić
production: Fade In
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