I wanted you all to know that there is a new film available about the successes and challenges of worker owned cooperatives in Barlovento, Venezuela.  It is produced by the Prout Research Institute in Caracas.
I watched it yesterday evening and plan to screen the film in the New York area.  It is 24 minutes long.  You can purchase the dvd at http://www.innerson g.com/products/ video/AnotherLif e.htm
“Another Life is Possible
Cooperatives in Barlovento, Venezuela
Film screening at WESPAC Foundation
April 22, 2008 at 7pm
17 Marble Avenue
Pleasantville, NY 10570
By the Prout Research Institute of Venezuela
Venezuela is undergoing a transformation within its workplace. With approximately 50,000 cooperatives in operation—the highest number of any country in the hemisphere—will this economic democracy prove to be a model for development throughout the region?  More than 40 cooperatives were surveyed in the impoverished rural district of Barlovento to see just how cooperatives are transforming people’s lives. Workers from a variety of different sectors including farming, fishing, hotel, restaurant, electrical and sewing co-ops tell in their own words the stories of their problems, struggles and successes.
24 minutes, NTSC, with English subtitles.
BONUS FEATURE: “Economics of Prout: Economic Democracy in Practice” is an introduction to the Progressive Utilization Theory or PROUT, a socio-economic alternative to capitalism and communism. Includes interviews with Sohail Inayatullah and Johan Galtung. 30 min.
This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 914 449-6514 or e-mail info@wespac. org .