Take One Action announces online programme for 2020
- Arusa Qureshi
- 25 August 2020
Global change film festival to present nearly 30 feature length and short documentaries and dramas
The 13th edition of the Take One Action Film Festival arrives on our screens this September, with the annual festival shifting online for the first time in its history. With a focus on global change and action, the festival's new digital edition will showcase nearly 30 feature length and short films alongside a programme of live digital Q&As, conversations and workshops from Wed 16 to Sun 27 September.
Normally taking place at Filmhouse Edinburgh, Glasgow Film Theatre, Belmont Aberdeen and Eden Court Inverness, this year's programme will be accessible to anyone in the UK on a 'pay what you can' basis and will explore key issues that are affecting our world and our daily lives, including climate justice, indigenous rights, prison reform and more. The three main strands which make up the bulk of the programme are Sisters, celebrating women's empowerment and solidarity; Shared Planet, exploring environmental justice with a particular focus on land rights and All Equal?, interrogating inequality in all its guises including decolonising educational and corporate practices. Furthermore, 75% of the films in the programme are directed by women, with just under a third of the overall programme directed by women of colour.
Highlights in the programme include the UK premieres of feature documentary Coded Bias, which unmasks Artificial Intelligence by laying bare the racial and gender biases that permeate its algorithms; Acasă, My Home, an arresting portrait of a Roma family forced to abandon their off-grid life in the wilderness; and Prison for Profit, a hard-hitting investigation of a private prison in South Africa. Elsewhere, there are screenings of Pier Kids, an intimate and empathetic portrait of the queer youth of colour experiencing homelessness on Christopher St Pier in NYC and Radio Silence, an empowering portrait of unstoppable Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui, as well as the Scottish premiere of The Last Ice, a visually stunning portrait of two Inuit youth grappling with their future in the face of (neo) colonialism and climate change.
Alongside the main programme of feature films, Take One Action will also present three short film programmes showcasing filmmakers from Scotland and across the world. Women In Motion is a special programme of short fiction and documentary films, all directed by women, exploring women's relationship to place, ancestry and their physical selves; The Ground beneath their feet: Land Rights and climate justice features three short documentaries about indigenous people and their rapidly shifting environments; and A Bridge Between Starshine and Clay: Poetry for Empowerment is a special programme of inventive shorts by female animators.
All of the films on this year's programme are offered with captions and there will be BSL interpretation for the live Q&As for the opening and closing films and Pier Kids. Ticket holders have 72 hours to watch the film(s) they purchase and each ticket is priced on a sliding scale from £2 to £10.
Take One Action Film Festival, Wed 16 to Sun 27 Sep. Find out more and buy tickets now at takeoneaction.org.uk