Winner Best Direction, 2006 Australian Film Institute
Winner Best Editing, 2006 Australian Film Institute
Nominated Best Documentary, 2006 Australian Film Institute Released: Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada, Japan, Iran
With intimate and often dangerously close access this is a warts-and-all portrait of a man driven to change the world and a frightening insight into the politics of poverty.
Raul Castells is a walking, talking, pushing, barging force of nature. He fights the Government. He fights big business. He invades buildings and occupies casinos. And he has a good reason.
In December 2001, there was a seismic shift in Argentina’s economic and political landscape. The Government devalued the currency and froze people’s savings – effectively pushing the middle class into the even larger pool of unemployed working poor. Currently, there are 20 million people below the poverty line. 25% of children suffer malnutrition and up to 17,000 a year die from it. The average Argentinian does not have a job, a roof over their head or any means to provide for their family.