Festival shows films to change the world

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More than 60% of features will be directed or co-directed by women

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28th August 2018 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

A festival promises 12 days of inspiring films and ideas to change the world.

The eleventh annual Take One Action festival will feature more than 40 films that spotlight social issues, international campaigns and real-life stories from around the globe.

It will feature two European and three UK premieres and more than 60% of features will be directed or co-directed by women.

Organisers said that with concepts of truth and democracy stretched beyond recognition, with the rise of nationalist parties across Europe and beyond and independent journalism under threat, Take One Action offers a welcome opportunity to celebrate our common humanity.

It returns to Edinburgh and Glasgow from 12 to 23, September, heading on to Aberdeen and Inverness in November, to present another powerful selection of films responding to some of the most pressing events of our times.

The programme includes 17 documentaries and two dozen short fiction, animation and documentary films.

Venues range from a boutique, two-seater cinema in a refurbished Leith police box to community spaces as well as Scotland’s foremost independent cinemas, Edinburgh Filmhouse and the GFT. This year sees new collaborations with Kinning Park Complex, Maryhill Integration Network and Glasgow Women’s Library.

A key focus this year is women’s empowerment, with the festival’s Sisters strand presenting rousing portraits of female trailblazers.

A common thread weaving through many of the films in this year’s programme is the reality of displacement and the root causes of migration.

Tamara Van Strijthem, executive director, said: “Take One Action was set up in 2008 to bring people together, nurture conversations and empower audiences to be the change they want to see in the world – starting from Scotland.

“By providing access to crucial, moving stories from all over the globe as well as the information and tools to push for positive social change within their community and beyond, this festival harnesses the transformative power of film to foster a strong sense of connection.

“We are honoured to be sharing the stories of individuals and communities whose very resilience, tenacity and hope are radical acts of defiance.”

For a full programme and tickets for the Edinburgh and Glasgow screenings, click here.