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Take One Action Film Festival

September 2014

Take One Action Film Festival celebrates the people and movies that are changing the world.

Christian Aid is pleased to be a part of the festival once again, which this year runs from Friday 19 September to Saturday 4 October. Like Take One Action, we believe that small actions lead to big ones, and that we can all make a difference.

What's it all about?

Take One Action aims to bring people together to watch world-class films about issues of social and environmental change and concern, so that more people will be inspired and empowered to take creative, impactful steps towards making the world a better place.

The festival, which counts patron Ken Loach and Archbishop Desmond Tutu among its supporters, is a fantastic opportunity to see award-winning Sundance and other global festival films before anyone else in the country, as well as a chance to connect with filmmakers and campaigners from around the world.

Following each screening there will be a discussion, which will explore how to get further involved in the issues tackled by the film.

This year Christian Aid is excited to be sponsoring two films – Bidder 70 and Millions Can Walk. We hope you can join us!

Bidder 70

Crowd protesting

Wednesday 24 September, 8.30pm
The Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ

Take One Action synopsis: In response to huge areas of public land being sold off for oil and gas leases in Utah, nascent activist Tim DeChristopher disrupted the auctions by successfully bidding US$1.7 million he didn't have for thousands of acres he wanted to preserve.

Arrested and threatened with prison, he defies the courts to inspire others to take action for better environmental policies, arguing that civil disobedience is one of our most powerful tools in the fight against climate change.

As hopeful and defiant as its protagonist, Bidder 70 is a powerful portrait of a man coming to grips with the destruction we have wrought on the planet and deciding to keep up the fight.

Find out more about Bidder 70 or book your ticket via the Filmhouse

Millions Can Walk

Woman in boat

Thursday 25 September, 8.30pm
The Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ

Saturday 27 September, 7.30pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

Take One Action synopsis: Can one fight for one's fundamental rights without resorting to violence? In 2012, hundreds of thousands of Adivasis, India's aborigines, embarked upon a country-wide march spanning hundreds of kilometres to demand a life of dignity.

Adivasis have borne the brunt of India's destructive agricultural policies and large-scale infrastructure projects, as land grabs and environmental destruction have robbed them of their homes and traditional existence.

Millions Can Walk provides insight into their lives and, in bearing witness to the philosophy of non-violent resistance at the heart of this epic march, offers an inspiring tribute to their perseverance.

Find out more about Millions Can Walk or book your ticket via the Filmhouse or CCA


For more information on the full programme for this year's festival, visit the Take One Action website.


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