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The Take: Biographies
A Film by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein
A Co-Production of Barna Alper Productions and the National Film Board of Canada
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Director/ Producer, The Take

The Take is the feature-length documentary directing debut for Avi Lewis. Shot in digital format over seven months in Argentina, Lewis worked with a fifteen-member crew originating from Canada, Argentina and Britain. Often using two cameras or more, the crew shot in situations including 50,000-strong political rallies, a surprise visit to the IMF contingent at their hotel in Buenos Aires, violent police repressions on the capital's streets, and behind the lines of a worker-occupied factory in Patagonia. Lewis made The Take with journalist and author Naomi Klein (No Logo), who is also the film's writer.

In 2002, Lewis directed, shot and edited Gustavo Benedetto: Presente!, a short film on one of the victims of the Argentine police repression of December 19th & 20th, 2001. The film played in festivals in Canada, the UK and Argentina and was broadcast nationally by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Prior to directing, Avi Lewis worked as the host and producer of counterSpin on CBC Newsworld, where he presided over more than 500 nationally televised debates in three years. As host/producer of "The New Music" on City TV and Much Music, Lewis was responsible for a one-hour weekly magazine, syndicated in a dozen countries, devoted to celebrity interviews and music journalism. Lewis was MuchMusic's Political Specialist for five years, where he covered two federal elections and the 1995 referendum on Quebec separation. His 1993 election night special won a Gemini Award for best Special Event Coverage.

Avi Lewis lives in Toronto.

Writer/ Producer, The Take

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and author of the international best-seller No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies.

Translated into 27 languages and with over a million copies in print, The New York Times called No Logo "a movement bible." In 2000, The Guardian Newspaper short-listed it for its First Book Award, and in 2001, No Logo won the Canadian National Business Book Award, and the French Prix Médiations.

Naomi Klein writes an internationally syndicated column for The Nation, The Guardian and The Globe and Mail. A collection of her work, entitled "Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate" was published in October 2002.

In 2004, she released The Take, a film about Argentina's occupied factories, co-produced with director Avi Lewis.

She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and is presently the Freda Kirchway Fellow of the Nation Institute.

Ms. Klein lives in Toronto.

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