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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

Short Films for Primary Schools
Fri 15 November | 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Belmont Filmhouse, 49 Belmont Street
Aberdeen, AB10 1JS United Kingdom

Join us for a special programme for Primary Schools featuring 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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Push
Fri 15 November | 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Belmont Filmhouse, 49 Belmont Street
Aberdeen, AB10 1JS United Kingdom

Landlords without faces, apartments without renters… Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities across the world, but incomes are not – pushing long-term residents out. So how can we push back?

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Everything Must Fall
Sat 16 November | 3:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Belmont Filmhouse, 49 Belmont Street
Aberdeen, AB10 1JS United Kingdom

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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Survivors
Sat 16 November | 5:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Belmont Filmhouse, 49 Belmont Street
Aberdeen, AB10 1JS 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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Scheme Birds
Sat 16 November | 8:20 pm - 11:00 pm
Belmont Filmhouse, 49 Belmont Street
Aberdeen, AB10 1JS 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
Sun 17 November | 3:10 pm - 5:40 pm
Belmont Filmhouse, 49 Belmont Street
Aberdeen, AB10 1JS United Kingdom

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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The Feminister
Sun 17 November | 5:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Belmont Filmhouse, 49 Belmont Street
Aberdeen, AB10 1JS United Kingdom

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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Enough! present The Future of Food
Sat 23 November | 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Bishops Road
Inverness, IV3 5SA United Kingdom

How do we produce food in a way that makes a positive contribution to both the health of communities and the natural environment? Join us for a panel discussion on the question of food sovereignty in Scotland, presented in partnership with Enough! 

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Ghost Fleet
Sat 23 November | 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Bishops Road
Inverness, IV3 5SA United Kingdom

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

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Eating Up Easter
Sun 24 November | 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Bishops Road
Inverness, IV3 5SA 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
Sun 24 November | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Bishops Road
Inverness, IV3 5SA United Kingdom

In their follow-up to Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark (TOAFF14), 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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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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Tooling Up to Double Down: How to Harness People Power
25 January 2020 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL United Kingdom
Free 100 tickets left

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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