#GreenFests Tips: Top green films at the Take One Action Film Festival
Take One Action is a Scottish-based organisation dedicated to promoting social and environmental justice through film. The organisation is hosting an …
Take One Action is a Scottish-based organisation dedicated to promoting social and environmental justice through film. The organisation is hosting an upcoming film festival in its eighth year of running, and borrows the theme “Another World is Possible” from the World Social Forum. The entire programme is rich in film and discussion events ranging from family-friendly animated tales to chillingly accurate documentaries of environmental plight.
Here are our top five green-tinged film recommendations from the festival’s programme-
Bidder 70 (with short films Feel Like a Mountain and For the Love of…)
“In response to huge areas of public land being sold off for oil and gas leases in Utah, nascent activist Tim DeChristopher disrupted the auctions by successfully bidding $1.7 million he didn’t have for thousands of acres he wanted to preserve. Arrested and threatened with prison, he defies the courts to inspire others to take action for better environmental policies, arguing that civil disobedience is one of our most powerful tools in the fight against climate change.
As hopeful and defiant as its protagonist, Bidder 70 is a powerful portrait of a man coming to grips with the destruction we have wrought on the planet and deciding to keep up the fight.”
“Brad Pitt exec produces this extraordinary expose of the hope, scepticism and corruption that threaten to exacerbate Africa’s resource curse and leave its ordinary citizens behind.
In Ghana, a small American energy company fights to hold onto its discovery of oil just as a new government comes into power. Meanwhile, in Nigeria, an established industry continues to take its toll from the people. Amid political uncertainty, power-plays are made, reputations gambled, and pipelines attacked by militants.
With unprecedented access and an unflinching eye Big Men shows the global and all-too-human drama behind the fuel that we continue to take for granted.”
Millions Can Walk (with short film This is Water)
“Can one fight for one’s fundamental rights without resorting to violence? In 2012, hundreds of thousands of Adivasis, India’s aborigines, embarked upon a country-wide march spanning hundreds of kilometres to demand a life of dignity.
Adivasis have borne the brunt of India’s destructive agricultural policies and large-scale infrastructure projects, as land grabs and environmental destruction have robbed them of their homes and traditional existence. Millions Can Walk provides insight into their lives and, in bearing witness to the philosophy of non-violent resistance at the heart of this epic march, offers an inspiring tribute to their perseverance.”
Once upon a Forest (with short films Earthbook and Feel Like A Mountain)
“This magical pilgrimage from the director of March of the Penguins transports you body and soul into rainforest canopies in the Amazon and Africa to celebrate some of the untold wonders of trees.
In a tropical forest 200 feet above the ground, botanist Francis Hallé makes intricate drawings of all he surveys. His images then come alive in Oscar®-winning director Luc Jacquet’s sensory spectacular, using innovative, soaring cinematography techniques to illustrate how trees communicate, co-operate and fight for their lives. Drawing on vast research and knowledge, Jacquet and Hallé lead viewers on a journey into the depths of the tropical jungle.”
Seeds of Time (with short films After My Garden Grows and Sausage)
“Around 10,000 years ago, human populations embraced agriculture, embarking on a path of fundamental social and environmental transformation. 10 millennia later, food security across the globe is threatened by diminishing crop diversity, new diseases and the effects of climate change. Can we future-proof global food production?
Crop diversity pioneer Cary Folwer believes we can – if we act now. Battling natural disasters and international bureaucracy, he has set out on a race to protect the one resource we can’t do without: our seeds. Seeds of time follows Fowler on his impassioned journey to re-invent a global food system that can “live forever”.”
Watermark (with short films Vezo and Thank You Toilet)
“Tumultuous, lush, unfamiliar and epic – multi-award winning director Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes) returns with this mesmerizing symphony on humankind’s relationship with water, reflected through the vision of internationally acclaimed photo artist Edward Burtynsky.
Shot in stunning ultra-HD, The Watermark plunges you into the turbulent interconnections between our seas and watercourses and neo-industrial human endeavor. We visit vast floating farms and the biggest arch dam in the world, the leather tanneries of Dhaka, the US Surf Open, and the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges.”
The Take One Action Film Festival full programme can be viewed here. For more information, please visit the Take One Action website. Image and film descriptions courtesy Take One Action.