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Take One Action Film Festival

September 2015

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

For the last eight years, Christian Aid has supported Take One Action's annual film festival, which takes place every Autumn.

What's it all about?

Each year, Take One Action Film Festival sees thousands of Scots experiencing cinema with a difference.

By actively engaging with filmmakers, activists, politicians, journalists and fellow audience members they can explore new ways to create a fairer, more sustainable world and to take action themselves on the issues raised by the films.

Christian Aid is supporting two films this year.

Bikes vs Cars

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Tuesday 22 September, 7pm for 7.30pm - advance booking only, via Take One Action 
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR.

The bicycle is an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system, but will dominant economic interests allow it?

From bike activists in Sao Paulo and Los Angeles fighting for safe bike lanes, to Copenhagen, where forty percent commute by bike daily, Bikes vs Cars looks at both the struggle for cyclists in a society dominated by cars, and the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models.

This will be an interactive, bike-powered screening. Join us as we pedal through the film, under the stars at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Please bring warm clothing and waterproofs as rain cover is limited.

The Price We Pay

The Price We Pay film image

Wednesday 16 September, 8.20pm; Friday 18 September, 12.50pm -book via venue
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ.

Thursday 17 September, 8.15pm - book via venue
GFT, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RB.

In this smart, eye-opening and incendiary documentary, Harold Crooks (The Corporation, Surviving Progress) examines the UK and global financial system, arguing that the inheritance of generations of entrepreneurs and workers has been appropriated by a tiny global elite.

Their sole purpose is to artificially increase it – separate to any social utility or adequate taxation – at the expense of the world.

Centred on the City of London and its offshore tax havens, the film blows the lid off the idea that big finance makes the world go round, as leading economists as well as defectors from the world of big finance create a compelling, coherent, and forceful call for action.

Introduced on screen by director Harold Crooks and followed by discussion with Nairobi-based Alvin Mosioma (Director, Tax Justice Network – Africa), Chris Hegarty (Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Christian Aid) and Jamie Livingstone (Head of Oxfam Scotland).

Casablanca Calling

Additionally, Kathy Galloway, Head of Christian Aid Scotland will be taking part in an after film discussion at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh on Wednesday 23 September.

She will be speaking after Casablanca Calling, the profound story of a quiet social revolution in Morocco, which follows three women – Hannane, Bouchra and Karima – as they set out to change their country, starting at street level.

They have a mission: to teach an Islam based on compassion, tolerance and equality, and to separate its original teachings from prejudice, misinterpretation and misunderstanding. 

Find out more

For more information about the films above, and the whole festival, visit the Take One Action website.

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