The 12th edition of the global change film festival tackles female empowerment, social inequity and climate action
The UK's leading global change film festival, Take One Action, is returning to venues across Edinburgh and Glasgow this Autumn (18–29 Sep) with a programme of 20 feature films and over 20 shorts. Now in its 12th year, the festival will also make its way to Aberdeen (15–17 Nov) and Inverness (22–24 Nov). Alongside the films being featured, attendees can also enjoy a variety of masterclasses, workshops, community meals and more.
To mark Scottish Housing Day, the opening night screening features documentary Push, directed by Fredrik Gertten, which investigates the commodification of housing and the growing unaffordability of cities across the world. A special preview screening of Ken Loach's feature Sorry We Missed You, on the consequences the gig economy and zero-hour contracts have on workers' personal and family lives, brings the festival to a close.
Take One Action strives to champion female talent, and that is reflected in the over 60% of films in its programme that are directed or co-directed by women. These include Ruth Reid's Scheme Birds, following a teenage girl growing up on Motherwell's Jerviston housing estate, Grit, featuring an Indonesian teenager challenging corporate impunity and corruption and The Prosecutors, on lawyers fighting for victims of conflict related-sexual violence.
Sorry We Missed You
Climate action is another focus of Take One Action for 2019, as it takes place concurrently with the first ever global climate strike. The film programme showcases the role of youth activism in today's climate agenda through features such as Inventing Tomorrow (teenage science students take on the environmental dangers threatening their communities), French documentary Time for Forests (evidencing the need to preserve forests as wild nature), Anthropocene (Edward Burtynsky's latest on the impact humans have had on the planet) and Eating Up Easter (on the threats to Easter Island).
There is also space in the festival line-up for tackling other social issues, with a particular spotlight on the food industry. Ghost Fleet shows how much the Thai fishing industry relies on human trafficking and enslavement, while Soyalism takes a look at the concentration of power within the global pork industry.
Tamara Van Strijthem, Executive Director of Take One Action says: 'At a time when the very notions of solidarity, equality and environmental responsibility are being eroded, providing a direct and accessible connection to contemporary issues through inspiring stories of change feels really crucial. Our festival is not just a platform for the discovery of a rich array of films from five continents, it is an invitation to explore and challenge our current realities – and a direct invitation to reshape our world for the better.'
Take One Action Film Festival, Various venues, Edinburgh & Glasgow, Wed 18–Sun 29 Sep.
A film festival with a political slant, founded on the belief that 'cinematic experiences can inspire lasting change' and offering a series of talks and programmes showing how films can be used to empower communities on an international stage.