Manos a la obra: the story of Operation Bootstrap is a filmthat evaluates Puerto Rico’s Operation Bootstrap, a greatlyvaunted economic advancement plan embarked on during the 1950s (Zeigand Pedro 3). The movie was aimed at providing a role model foreconomic growth all through Latin America. Employing newsreels, manyinterviews, exceptional archive pictures as well as footage andquotations from administrative propaganda movies, the film evaluatesthe historical past of Operation Bootstrap. This happened fromthe 1930s all through the emergence to authority of Luiz Munoz Marin,as well as the famous Popular Democratic Party during the 1940s,lasting to the 60s.
The operation marked the commencement of an advent phase ofindustrial planning founded on exterior capital, as well as taxexemptions. The program originates from the Industrial IncentivesAct, which was implemented the similar year, founded on exclusionfrom the federal tariffs, which were already in existence in PuertoRico (Zeig and Pedro 7). Additionally, the American Revenue Code hadpreviously made exclusion from paying taxes for organizations workingin American environs, like Puerto Rico up to when they send backtheir revenues to states. Puerto Rico ventured into an era of fastindustrialization, as well as economic development. The era ofaffluence progressed for two decades, having adverse aftermaths,which have been properly highlighted in the film. This enhances thesignificance of the movie. The alterations arising from modernizationas well motivated unfavorable social impacts, like a declining laborforce, drop in agriculture production and increasing movement towardsimmigration. The affluence ended during the mid 1970s, from whenPuerto Rico has been incapable of returning to the great economicdevelopment faced during the period of Operation Bootstrap.
The film is important in enhancing comprehension on the economicpolicy and industrial plans during the 1940s (Zeig and Pedro 9). Themovie demonstrates how the industrial plan during the 1940s, is areflection of the impact of New Deal in America in its great level ofadministrative intervention within the economy. This resulted in theformation of regional enterprises fostering local production via anapproach of import substitution. The 1940s industrial plan is alsodemonstrated via agrarian restructuring seeking to break theregulation of the major agricultural corporations over Puerto Rico’sagriculture. The movie further progresses to show how the realizationof Operation Bootstrap led to a dramatic alteration inindustrial approach, from popular criollo industrialization towardslaissez faire, with insistence on investing from overseas. Onesignificant cause, which explains the alteration in economic policy,is the conclusion of the Second World War, as well as its negativeeffect on local economy. A different explanation provided by the filmfor the alteration in the industrial program direction is that theapproach of enhancing criollo industrialization via the formation ofstate enterprises in various industries was untriumphant,specifically when experiencing the competition from American importsfollowing the conclusion of war.
The movie is an effective illustration of issues related toLatin-American past. Through an analysis of Puerto Ruco’s OperationBootstrap, it becomes possible to comprehend the industrial andeconomic plans of the historic period, and most importantly, thereeffect on the nation. The operation is said to have set a number ofmotivated economic projects, resulting in the evolution of the nationas a high income and industrialized Puerto Rico. Bootrap progressesto be regarded as the economic replica of Puerto Rico because theregion has been incapable of evolving to a knowledge economy.
Zeig, Susan, and Pedro A.Rivera. Manosa La Obra: The Story of Operation Bootstrap.New York:Cinema Guild, 1983.