Bertha Foundation dreams of a more just world and supports forms of activism that aim to bring about change. We champion those using media, law and enterprise as tools to achieve their vision. We envision a society where stories come from many different voices, where law is used as a tool for justice and where business delivers positive social impact.
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
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.Find out more »
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?Find out more »
This urgent documentary chronicles the rise of the #FeesMustFall student movement which ignited into one of South Africa’s most militant national revolts.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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?Find out more »
This extraordinary portrait of politician Margot Wallström was shot over her first four years in office as Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.Find out more »
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!Find out more »
What does modern-day slavery look like, and are we complicit in perpetuating it?Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »