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Take One Action nurtures communal exploration of the stories, ideas and questions at the heart of positive social change. Through film screenings, conversation and enquiry, we bring people together to inspire a fairer, more sustainable and more fulfilling world, in Scotland and beyond our borders.

Established in 2008, Take One Action are an Edinburgh-based, independent charity founded by film lovers, cultural activists and globally concerned citizens who believe that shared cinematic experience can catalyse lasting change. Our annual programme of activities welcomes upwards of 5,000 audience members each year and includes a 12-day festival in Edinburgh & Glasgow, two weekend festivals in Aberdeen & Inverness, a network of local film clubs and a series of individual screenings, talks and training opportunities.

Through debate and innovative presentation, our activities bring individuals, communities, campaigners, filmmakers, politicians, academics and artists together to explore the connections, systems and cultures underpinning social, cultural, environmental and economic inequality – and empowers them to envisage tangible action.

Our work is independent, values-driven, widely recognised for its artistic and social merits, and delivered through partnerships with a range of charities, grassroots groups and NGOs who support local creativity, opportunity and action.

Forthcoming events from Take One Action

Grit
Fri 20 September | 5:50 pm - 8:30 pm
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom

Dian was six when an earthquake, set off by natural gas drilling in the area, led to a tsunami of mud hurtling towards her village. Ten years later, thousands of people in her community still seek reparation from the powerful mining company responsible for the damage.

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The Feminister
Fri 20 September | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Centre For Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
Free – £8 60 tickets left

This extraordinary portrait of politician Margot Wallström was shot over her first four years in office as Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.

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Soyalism
Fri 20 September | 7:40 pm - 10:00 pm
Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Free – £8.00 41 tickets left

Food production has increasingly become huge business for a handful of giant corporations. How do we re-prioritise workers’ rights, animal welfare and environmental sustainability?

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*Postponed* Tooling Up to Double Down: How to Harness People Power
Sat 21 September | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL United Kingdom
Free Sold out

Be inspired by those who have faced challenges yet successfully campaigned for positive change – and find your own route into action. Join us for a day of connection, inspiration and skills building, from grassroots mobilising to political lobbying.

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Free Short Films for Families
Sat 21 September | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00 pm, happening 2 times

Centre For Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom

As part of Doors Open Days at CCA Glasgow, pop in to the cinema to enjoy a specially curated programme of short animated, documentary and fiction films that celebrate (bio)diversity, creativity, kindness and resilience.

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Gods of Molenbeek
Sat 21 September | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom

Does God exist? What happens when we die?
Brussels’ Molenbeek district has been, for most outsiders, synonymous with violent jihadism. For six-year-old friends Aatos and Amine, however, it is just home: the playground in which they listen to spiders whisper, or argue over who will get the front seat on the magic carpet that will take them to the land of their ancestors.

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Grit
Sat 21 September | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Centre For Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
Free – £8 28 tickets left

Dian was six when an earthquake, set off by natural gas drilling in the area, led to a tsunami of mud hurtling towards her village. Ten years later, thousands of people in her community still seek reparation from the powerful mining company responsible for the damage.

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Midnight Traveler
Sat 21 September | 8:15 pm - 10:45 pm
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom

When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters.

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Free Short Films for Families
Sun 22 September | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00 pm, happening 2 times

Centre For Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom

As part of Doors Open Days at CCA Glasgow, pop in to the cinema to enjoy a specially curated programme of short animated, documentary and fiction films that celebrate (bio)diversity, creativity, kindness and resilience.

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Midnight Traveler
Sun 22 September | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street
Glasgow, Lanarkshire G3 6RB United Kingdom

When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters.

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Tiny Souls
Sun 22 September | 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom

9-year-old Marwa is a lively, inquisitive child, whose interests revolve around playtime, school and her siblings. She and her family live in Jordan’s Za’atari camp, the world’s largest camp for Syrian refugees, and hope to return home soon.

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The Prosecutors
Sun 22 September | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Centre For Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
Free – £8 25 tickets left

Often considered collateral damage instead of a
war crime, sexual violence has, for centuries, been instrumentalised to control and terrorise entire communities in conflict zones. Can we end the use of this insidious tool of war, and how effective are legal frameworks in prosecuting culprits?

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Survivors
Sun 22 September | 8:15 pm - 10:45 pm
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom

Through the remarkable stories of three individuals at the epicentre of Sierra Leone’s recent Ebola epidemic, Survivors chronicles the unfolding of one of the most acute public health crises of the modern era.

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Short Films for Primary Schools
Mon 23 September | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street
Glasgow, Lanarkshire G3 6RB United Kingdom

Join us for a brand new programme of short films from around the world, which spotlight issues of gender equality, access to education, power, conflict, food and the environment.

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Director Masterclass: Dina Naser
Mon 23 September | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place
Edinburgh, EH3 9DF United Kingdom
Free 64 tickets left

Palestinian Jordanian director and producer Dina Naser (Tiny Souls) will explore her career development as a filmmaker, and how to move a story from a short to feature, alongside her approach to working with vulnerable children and her editing process.

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DOCMA: Make Your Own Doc
Mon 23 September | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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One event on 27 September 2019 at 5:00 pm

Centre For Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom

What is DOCMA? A 5-minute documentary made by 5 filmmakers / groups in 5 different styles - a game, designed to make docs together and get your creative juices flowing!

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The Prosecutors
Mon 23 September | 5:50 pm - 7:30 pm
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom

Often considered collateral damage instead of a war crime, sexual violence has, for centuries, been instrumentalised to control and terrorise entire communities in conflict zones. Can we end the use of this insidious tool of war, and how effective are legal frameworks in prosecuting culprits?

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System Error
Mon 23 September | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Grassmarket Centre, 86 Candlemaker Row
Edinburgh, EH12QA United Kingdom
Free 54 tickets left

As a central tenet of capitalism, the concept of growth dominates our politics, our economy, and our understanding of what makes the world go round. Yet the social fabric and nature itself are showing the strain of this constant drive for bigger and better at all costs.

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Tiny Souls
Mon 23 September | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Centre For Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
Free – £8 24 tickets left

9-year-old Marwa is a lively, inquisitive child, whose interests revolve around playtime, school and her siblings. She and her family live in Jordan’s Za’atari camp, the world’s largest camp for Syrian refugees, and hope to return home soon.

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Ghost Fleet
Mon 23 September | 8:15 pm - 11:00 pm
Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street
Glasgow, Lanarkshire G3 6RB United Kingdom

What does modern-day slavery look like, and are we complicit in perpetuating it?

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The Time of Forests
Tue 24 September | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Institut Français Écosse, W Parliament Square
Edinburgh, EH1 1RF United Kingdom
Free – £8 21 tickets left

A living forest or a green desert? Tomorrow’s landscape will be defined by the choices we make today.

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Voices from the Migrant Community
Tue 24 September | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Maryhill Integration Network, 35 Avenuepark Street
Glasgow, G20 8TS United Kingdom
Free 24 tickets left

Programmed and presented by members of the Maryhill Integration Network community, this special, free screening of documentary and fiction short films explores different experiences of migration.

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Scheme Birds
Tue 24 September | 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street
Glasgow, Lanarkshire G3 6RB United Kingdom

Scottish teenager Gemma has never backed down from a fight: that’s the way of life in the housing estate where she grew up, in Motherwell.

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Cyrenians’ Syrian Supper Club
Tue 24 September | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Flavour & Haver Cook School, 66 Jane Street
Edinburgh, EH6 5HG United Kingdom

Enjoy a special selection of short films exploring themes of refuge, migration and welcome, followed by a delicious meal cooked by Syrian chefs from Edinburgh’s refugee community.

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Facing the Dragon
Tue 24 September | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Centre For Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
Free – £8 25 tickets left

As American forces and aid leave Afghanistan, Afghan- American filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi crafts an intimate portrait of two awe-inspiring women: Nilofar, a member of parliament, and Shakila, a television journalist.

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Ghost Fleet
Tue 24 September | 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom

What does modern-day slavery look like, and are we complicit in perpetuating it?

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Producer Masterclass: Ruth Reid
Wed 25 September | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Film City Glasgow, 401 Govan Road
Glasgow, G51 2QJ United Kingdom
Free -1 tickets left

Based in Sweden and the UK, producer Ruth Reid has a background in Law and documentary filmmaking. She will be exploring the production process and creative evolution of the award-winning feature documentary Scheme Birds. Ruth will focus particularly on how to craft intimate stories that respect protagonists’ integrity.

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Anbessa
Wed 25 September | 5:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street
Glasgow, Lanarkshire G3 6RB United Kingdom

This lyrical documentary follows a young boy who uses his creativity, imagination and sharp wits to battle forces beyond his control.

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Scheme Birds
Wed 25 September | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom

Scottish teenager Gemma has never backed down from a fight: that’s the way of life in the housing estate where she grew up, in Motherwell.

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Soyalism + Meal
Wed 25 September | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Centre For Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
Free – £15 12 tickets left

Food production has increasingly become huge business for a handful of giant corporations. How do we re-prioritise workers’ rights, animal welfare and environmental sustainability?

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Anbessa
Thu 26 September | 5:50 pm - 8:30 pm
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom

Join us after the film to explore questions of development,sustainability and how to ensure opportunities can be shared more equitably. We will be joined by guests including representatives from Mercy Corps.

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The Time of Forests
Thu 26 September | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Alliance Française de Glasgow, 3 Park Circus
Glasgow, G3 6AX United Kingdom
Free – £8 62 tickets left

A living forest or a green desert? Tomorrow’s landscape will be defined by the choices we make today.

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Everything Must Fall
Thu 26 September | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Centre For Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
Free – £8 31 tickets left

This urgent documentary chronicles the rise of the #FeesMustFall student movement which ignited into one of South Africa’s most militant national revolts.

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DOCMA: Make Your Own Doc
Fri 27 September | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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One event on 27 September 2019 at 5:00 pm

Centre For Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom

What is DOCMA? A 5-minute documentary made by 5 filmmakers / groups in 5 different styles - a game, designed to make docs together and get your creative juices flowing!

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Inventing Tomorrow
Fri 27 September | 5:50 pm - 8:30 pm
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom

Communities across the world are bearing the brunt of climate chaos and environmental degradation. In Inventing Tomorrow, hope takes the form of a group of young students, from Indonesia, India, Mexico and Hawaii, as they prepare for ISEF, the world’s largest high-school science competition.

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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Fri 27 September | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Centre For Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
Free – £8 6 tickets left

Photographer Edward Burtynsky and his artistic collaborators Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de pencier offer a cinematic meditation on the way human activity has reshaped the Earth.

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Facing the Dragon
Fri 27 September | 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom

As American forces and aid leave Afghanistan, Afghan-American filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi crafts an intimate portrait of two awe-inspiring women: Nilofar, a member of parliament, and Shakila, a television journalist.

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Disruption is Fertile: How Ecofeminism is Rooting for Change
Sat 28 September | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
Free – £2 19 tickets left

Explore the concepts, dynamics and approaches at the heart of ecofeminism in this empowering and inclusive event.

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Sorry We Missed You
Sat 28 September | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street
Glasgow, Lanarkshire G3 6RB United Kingdom

Ken Loach and his long-term collaborators (screenwriter Paul Laverty and producer Rebecca O’Brien) return with another devastatingly powerful portrait of contemporary Britain.

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Eating Up Easter
Sat 28 September | 5:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom

In a cinematic letter to his son, native Rapa Nui (Easter Island) filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu crafts a global wake-up call from the remote Pacific.

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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Sat 28 September | 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom

Photographer Edward Burtynsky and his artistic collaborators Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de pencier offer a cinematic meditation on the way human activity has reshaped the Earth.

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Yours in Sisterhood
Sun 29 September | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Space Dalry 183 Creative & Cultural Hub, 183 Dalry Road
Edinburgh, EH11 2EB United Kingdom
Free 30 tickets left

Join us for a free screening of surprising, diverse and inspiring films by and about women, celebrating defiance and solidarity. A warm welcome will be offered to all, with free tea and coffee and an informal conversation after the films.

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Sorry We Missed You
Sun 29 September | 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom

Ken Loach and his long-term collaborators (screenwriter Paul Laverty and producer Rebecca O’Brien) return with another devastatingly powerful portrait of contemporary Britain.

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WOW – What Now? Perth
Sat 5 October | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street
Perth, PH1 5HZ United Kingdom

We are thrilled to be taking part at WOW - What Now? Perth to celebrate women and girls whilst taking a frank look at the challenges we all still face in the movement towards gender equality.

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Push
Sat 12 October | 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Bertha DocHouse, The Bertha DocHouse Screen Curzon Bloomsbury The Brunswick
London, WC1N 1AW United Kingdom

We are thrilled to be presenting our first ever London screening at Bertha DocHouse this October! Join us at this wonderful documentary cinema for Push, and stay with us in conversation after the film as we explore how we can push back against the causes of the housing crisis.

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Short Films for Primary Schools
Mon 25 November | 9:30 am - 12:45 pm
Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Bishops Road
Inverness, IV3 5SA United Kingdom

Join us for a special programme of the best new short films from around the world, which spotlight issues of power, conflict, gender equality, access to education, food and the environment.

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