Christian Aid at Take One Action Film Festival

Christian Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

We believe that poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of their dignity and lets injustice thrive. But together we have the power to transform lives. We are a global movement of people, churches and local organisations who passionately champion dignity, equality and justice worldwide.

We provide urgent, practical help in times of crisis and beyond. We seek to eradicate extreme poverty by tackling its root causes. Together with people living in poverty, we amplify our voices to speak truth to power and create lasting change.

Our ethos and identity mean that the work of Take One Action has always been a natural fit for Christian Aid.

This year we are delighted to support two films which show the importance of speaking truth to power and the role of activists in bravely challenging the structures and systems that continue to oppress and deny a voice to grassroots communities around the world.

Facing the Dragon follows the personal story of two awe-inspiring women from Afghanistan, a politician and a journalist, whose lives are overshadowed by conflict and displacement. These two women fearlessly challenge the power imbalances which exist in their country: in public representation and calling democratic institutions to account, in increasing access to education and carving out more space for nonviolent dialogue in public discourse. And yet they face huge risks to themselves and their families.

“We have a responsibility to speak on behalf of every woman, from the remote mountains of Pamir to Nuristan. Advocating for women’s rights should not be a political game.” – Dr. Nilofar Ibrahimi, film subject, Facing the Dragon

Survivors is a remarkable documentary about the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, filmed by three Sierra Leoneans. It not only exposes the complexity of one of the greatest public health crises of our times, but is also a prism for understanding the social and political aftermath. This film unflinchingly examines the role of the international aid sector and the failure of some actors to consult with local communities. It explores the impact of mounting debts, accrued from loans which were granted so that the country would survive Ebola, on the country’s education and infrastructure.

Christian Aid stands with the most vulnerable and excluded to build a fairer world. Together, we amplify our voices to boldly speak truth to power, challenging systems and structures that oppress people. If, at this year’s Take One Action Festival, you see the change you want to be, act with us.

Speak out about mounting debt in Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone

Tool Up To Double Down at a unique campaigner training day led by Christian Aid, Oxfam and Take One Action. Join us for a day of connection, inspiration and skills building, from grassroots mobilising to political lobbying.

Fiona Buchanan

Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator, Christian Aid Scotland