Take One Action 2013 is putting female empowerment centre stage
- Charlotte Runcie
- 18 September 2013
The film festival's Sisters strand features screenings of Salma and Girl Rising, plus a special event from Neu Reekie
From fracking to international development, the Take One Action film festival is an ever-inspiring selection of stirring stories that explore contemporary issues. But the most interesting strand this year is probably the Sisters weekend, a programme of events putting global female empowerment in front of the lens. You can certainly bank on some high energy and self-confidence with a night from http://www.list.co.uk/event/236107-neu-reekie/’s noisy avant-garde boundary destroyers. They curate a bill that includes music, visuals and poetry from slam queen Hollie McNish and the Jamaican poet and novelist Kei Miller (Fri 4 Oct).
The Sisters Seminar (Sat 5 Oct), featuring presentations, debates, short ﬁlms and a panel session exploring the voices of women on ﬁlm, is a more thoughtful complement to the choice of screenings for the weekend. The films begin with the Scottish premiere of Salma, a documentary feature following an imprisoned Tamil woman who, after being forced into marriage, secretly began writing poetry. Smuggling her work out to a publisher, she caused a huge stir in the ongoing smouldering debate about women’s rights in India.
There’s a chance to look at Malala Yousafzai’s remarkable life, too, in a screening of Girl Rising. The film (with voiceover from Selena Gomez, Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson) looks at the lives of nine girls all over the world who fought for an education against the odds. This UK premiere is screened on World Teachers’ Day, and is followed by a discussion with David Mundell MP and Mukami McCrum from Africa Council Scotland and the Scottish Government.
Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Fri 27 Sep–Sat 12 Oct.