Full programme announced for Take One Action Film Festival 2021
- Emma Simmonds
- 19 August 2021
The 14th edition of the UK's leading global change film festival will take place across Scotland and online this autumn
As Glasgow prepares to host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) this coming autumn, seen as the world's last chance to halt the march of devastating environmental damage, Take One Action, the UK's leading global change film festival have just announced their own programme of inspiring and eye-opening content, which will be available in the lead up to the conference.
The festival will host over 20 international, UK and Scottish film premieres, alongside stimulating conversations and exclusive digital content. In-person events and screenings will be held at Edinburgh and Glasgow (22 to 26 September), Aberdeen (22 to 24 October) and Inverness (29 to 31 October).
Things will kick off with the world premiere of Living Proof: A Climate Story, which sees curator and director Emily Munro use archive footage from the National Library of Scotland to explore the country's complex relationship to the global climate crisis. The Scottish premiere of The New Corporation – Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott's 'unfortunately necessary' follow-up to their 2003 documentary The Corporation – will close the festival. It investigates how the corporate takeover of society is being justified by the rebranding of corporations as socially conscious entities, but also at how the power of such corporations is being challenged, as people take to the streets to pursue justice and seize control of the planet's future.
Other highlights include UK or Scottish premieres of On The Line, The Ants And The Grasshopper, The Last Forest, Zinder, Writing With Fire and Call Me Human, which tackle a range of urgent global issues and tell moving human stories. Bodies Of Resistance is a special online programme of shorts celebrating bodies as sites of reclamation and dissent. Also available online will be a poetry performance by multilingual, Scotland-based poets, while in-person events include a free poetry workshop with artist and poet Tanatsei Gambura, and a new collaboration with UNA Festival featuring Colombian artist Liliana Romero (Lilophila), Mexican sound performer Ruben Vucubcame and Zimbabwean-Scottish artist and curator Sekai Machache.
Tamara Van Strijthem, Executive Director of Take One Action, explains the thinking behind this year's festival: 'After so many months apart, we are excited and grateful to be inviting audiences to celebrate the power of community and connection through world-changing cinema. COP26 in November represents such a crucial moment for our planet's future and our programme offers a much-needed opportunity to pause and reflect – and to question just how we've arrived at the topsy-turvy reality we call our own. To truly build back better, we need to both engage with and dream up different realities. Our excitingly diverse selection of documentaries, and the audience conversations we nurture, can inspire our way into a new story – one that centres care, community, equity, accountability and sustainability.'
Films are available on a pay-what-you-can basis, both in person or online, across all venues. All films will be available to watch online, excluding Living Proof: A Climate Story.
To book tickets and find out more about the full programme head to takeoneaction.org.uk