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