Take One Action, the UK’s leading global change film festival returns to Edinburgh and Glasgow from the 12th to the 23rd of September.
The Festival celebrates its eleventh edition with an inspiring programme of feature and short films from six continents, all of which explore and respond to some of the most pressing issues of our time – from climate change to migration, via gender equality, democratic accountability and land rights.
With concepts of truth and democracy stretched beyond recognition, with the rise of nationalist parties across Europe and beyond, this festival offers a welcome opportunity to celebrate our common humanity and our ability – individual and collective – to bring about a kinder, fairer and more sustainable world.
Film is almost unique in its capacity to shed light on complex issues: it is a great source of escapism, but it’s also a fantastic way of engaging with the world around us.
A key focus this year is women’s empowerment, with the festival’s Sisters strand presenting rousing portraits of female trailblazers. Take One Action’s continued commitment to championing women’s empowerment is reflected in our programme’s make-up. Almost two thirds of the films on offer having been directed or co-directed by women. Among these, closing film Naila and the Uprising provides a rare opportunity to re-appraise the history of nonviolent resistance in Palestine from a feminist perspective, through the stories of women’s grassroots organising.
The Festival also encompasses several community events, which will feature special programmes of short films exploring displacement, refuge and how we can offer a better welcome. Full details of these events are available on the Take One Action Facebook page.
To programme and deliver our activities, we work alongside a fantastic range of charities, NGOs, grassroots groups and cultural organisations, including Christian Aid who are partnering with us on opening film Anote’s Ark and closing film Naila and the Uprising. Our hope is that, with these supporters our screenings, workshops and events will empower audiences to be the change they want to see – starting from Scotland.
Come join us for 12 days of inspiration.
Take a seat.
Take a stand.
Tamara Van Strijthem, author of this piece, is Executive Director of Take One Action Film Festivals.