Opening & Closing Film of TOAFF19 Announced!

The UK’s leading global change film festival returns to Edinburgh and Glasgow from 18-29 September and we’re incredibly excited about the fantastic line-up of films, workshops and events that lie in store for our 12th edition.

We are delighted to reveal our opening and closing night films, ahead of the full festival programme announcement on Wednesday 14th August. To make sure you stay up to date, keep an eye out for our next e-news and on our social media channels!

OPening film: Push

Fredrik Gertten | Sweden | 2019 | 92 min, English, Spanish with English subtitles

Presented in association with Oxfam Scotland and UNISON Scotland

Our opening night film, Push, follows UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha, as she explores the role of global finance in pushing residents out of their cities. In this engaging and enraging documentary by director Fredrik Gertten (whose Bikes vs Cars screened at the festival in 2015), “the global housing crisis plays like a real-world conspiracy thriller” (Little White Lies).

So how do we reclaim our streets?

closing film: sorry we missed you

Ken Loach | UK, France, Belgium | 2019 | 100 min | English 

We are honoured to be closing this year’s festival with a special preview of Sorry We Missed You, the latest film by TOA patrons Ken Loach and Paul Laverty. Following a mother and father struggling to get by after the financial crash of 2008, Sorry We Missed You delves into the knock-on effects of zero-hour contracts and the gig economy in contemporary Britain. This critically acclaimed and highly anticipated follow-up to I, Daniel Blake is both an intimate family drama and an angry, meticulously researched indictment of an inhumane economic system.

Push and Sorry We Missed You are only two of the many films that make up our amazing, diverse and inspiring programme.  We’ll be announcing our full line-up on Wednesday 14th August, when tickets for all events go on sale – follow our social media and remember to set post notifications to be reminded!