Watch, Read, Think, Act

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Welcome to ‘Watch, Read, Think, Act’, a collaboration between Take One Action and the wonderful team at Lighthouse – Edinburgh’s Radical Bookshop.

Once a week, starting on August 23rd, one of the brilliant Lighthouse booksellers will release a new reading list relating to five of the films in our line-up. Our hope is that, whether you read a book – and it helps you get even more out of the film in question – or a film inspires you to learn more about its themes, communities and places, ultimately these stories will invite you to dive deeper and empower you to ignite change alongside others.

1. Living Proof

Living Proof – our opening film that will be screened exclusively in person in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness – is a stunning new archive documentary that looks for the roots of the climate crisis in Scotland’s history. Bookseller Christina has put together a list of books which expand on the film’s themes of environmental justice and industry in Scotland, and tie these to a global struggle for climate justice which has never been more urgent.

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2. Of Land and Bread

Of Land and Bread, which will be available to watch online from 22-26 September and will be screening in person in Inverness on 31 October, is a a raw exposé of life in occupied Palestine. Bookseller Noor has put together a list of books which expand on the film’s civilian-led documentation of daily life under the Israeli occupation of Palestine, giving an overview of the extensive history and present predicament of the Palestinian struggle for sovereignty in the face of ongoing erasure and disempowerment.

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[Image description: A selection of books on wooden floor: 'As We Have Always Done', 'A Mind Spread Out On the Ground', 'All Our Relations', 'Living Nations, Living Words', 'As Long As The Grass Grows', 'Thinking With Trees', 'The Democracy of Species']
3. Call Me Human

Call Me Human Рwhich will be screened exclusively online from 22-26 September Рis a celebration of Indigenous knowledge and a gentle, affectionate portrait of the extraordinary Innu poet Jos̩phine Bacon. Bookseller Anita has put together a reading list that delves deeper into the wonders of Indigenous language in response to the film.

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Two books lying on a wooden floor - "Save the Planet" and "The Open Veins of Latin America"
4. The Last Forest

The Last Forest, which will be available to watch online from 22-26 September and in person in Edinburgh (25 Sep), Glasgow (25 Sep), Aberdeen (23 Oct) and Inverness (30 Oct), is a mesmerising journey into Brazil’s Amazonian forest in the footsteps of the Yanomami. Jess from Lighthouse Books has put together a phenomenal reading list that invites us to dig deeper into the themes of the film and interrogate the devastating impacts of colonialism in Brazil, and elsewhere in Latin America.

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A selection of books on deportaiton and borders, laid out on a wooden floor.
5. On the Line

On the Line is a stunning documentary that lays bare the shattering impacts of deportation and racist borders. Bookseller Peach has put together a reading list that invites us to reflect on borders and deportation.

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