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September 29, 2010

Cinema links local with global

Take One Action Film Festival is Scotland’s global action cinema project, making connections between local and global issues and inspiring change through the medium of film. The Festival opened last week with the Scottish premier of The Garden, a gripping tale of Latin American migrants fighting to save their community garden in downtown Los Angeles from being flattened by developers’ bulldozers. Folk from some of Edinburgh’s community gardens (Granton, Wester Hailes, Portobello, and Brigend)  joined the panel afterwards to share their experiences

Take One Action is Scotland’s global action cinema project celebrating the people and movies that are changing the world. Our programme is developed by film lovers, artists and socially-committed volunteers and professionals based in Scotland who believe that cinematic experiences can inspire change at the highest and deepest levels.

Since 2008, we have engaged more than ten thousand people with hundreds of world-class films that comment on issues of global concern. From rare and reimagined screenings to UK and Scottish premieres… through debate, Q&As and workshops… our events bring together communities, filmmakers, politicians, businesses and artists, united by the simple desire to connect around common stories and shape their unfolding.

To find out more, sign up for our enews or check out the calendar and visit us in the cinema. You can also download our 2009 annual review here. Take One Action Film Festivals is a UK limited company (no. 376976) with charitable status in Scotland (SC041430).

This year’s festival is divided into three strands: The Millennium Development Goals focuses on the challenge to eradicate extreme poverty within the next five years set by the UK and other governments back in 2000. Green Shoots pulls in the most inspiring and eye-opening films of 2010. And Visiones Alternativas highlights the vision and debate around Latin America social and ecological action past and present.

What people say about us

Take One Action’s focus on empowering communities to engage with contemporary global issues is unique in the UK. … This work is really, really important Ken Loach and Paul Laverty, Patrons

An exemplar in relation to true audience engagement… A festival whose medium is as important as the message Creative Scotland

The UK’s first major film festival celebrating the people and movies that are changing the world The List

I liked both films that I came too and the activities afterwards were really good, especially the after “Born Into Brothels” because the audience got really involved and lots of different people spoke. I really enjoyed the Active Inquiry workshop as well, everyone had lots of energy, and it was great to share stories about ‘taking action’…  2009 audience member

Take One Action celebrates the people and movies that are changing the world.

Our festival is Scotland’s annual showcase of the most inspiring new and classic international films shining a light on issues of global and environmental concern.