Take One Action Film Festival 2018 Programme Launch

Grab your diaries! Tickets for all screenings and events for this year’s Take One Action Film Festival are now on sale.


At a time when concepts of truth and democracy are being stretched beyond recognition, the tide of political upheavals, environmental threats and isolationism can feel overwhelming.  Our programme offers an antidote to despair and powerlessness. With community events, live musical performances and more than 40 films on offer, 60% of which have been directed by women, this year’s festival celebrates our common humanity and our ability – individual and collective – to bring about a kinder, fairer, more sustainable world.


We believe in the transformative power of film and are honoured to be sharing the stories of individuals and communities whose very resilience, tenacity and hope are radical acts of defiance. These include a Micronesian nation’s president’s urgent calls for climate action (Anote’s Ark), a young female Somali refugee’s historic journey to the US House of Representatives (Time for Ilhan), the unwavering strength of Spanish citizens demanding their country confront the brutal crimes of Franco’s dictatorship (The Silence of Others) and the Palestinian women whose grassroots organising was the unsung, beating heart of the first Intifada (Naila and the Uprising).


The films we screen and the conversations we foster do more than open eyes and minds: they are a direct invitation to reshape our world for the better – right here, right now.


Join us and our fantastic partners for the 11th edition of the UK’s leading global change film festival.

Take a seat. Take a stand.


Opening Night: Anote’s Ark 

Wed 12 Sept | 20:10 | Filmhouse
Thurs 13 Sept | 20:30 | GFT

Directed by Matthieu Rytz (2018)

What happens when the sea threatens to engulf your country? With the harsh realities of climate change looming, the low-lying Pacific nation of Kiribati must find a solution for the survival of its people.

Presented in partnership with Oxfam Scotland and Christian Aid Scotland.



Closing Night: Naila and the Uprising  

Sat 22 Sept | 18:00 | GFT
Sun 23 Sept | 17:45 | Filmhouse

Directed by Julia Bacha (2018)

Discover the story that history overlooked and meet the women whose grassroots organising was the unsung, beating heart of the most vibrant nonviolent uprising in Palestinian history.

Screening followed by Q&A with the film’s main protagonist, Naila Ayesh.

Presented in partnership with UNISON Scotland and Christian Aid Scotland.