#GreenFests: Our Top Picks of Take One Action Film Festival

11th August 2016

Take One Action Film Festival is back in Glasgow and Edinburgh from 14-25 September, bringing together filmmakers, artists, activists, audiences and journalists and premiering the most acclaimed international documentaries focusing on social and environmental justice.

This year’s programme showcases a fantastic range of films and events that offer different perspectives on the environmental challenges we face and, most importantly, celebrate the people who are pushing for change. All of our events are accompanied by audience-led discussions offering inspiring opportunities for effective personal action!

Here are their Top Picks for those interested in arts and sustainability – but you can explore the full programme here.


“This playfully made exposé should be required viewing for anyone wondering what they could do to pitch in and save the planet,” Hollywood Reporter

Tomorrow_MAIN_ImageThis inspiring globe-trotting journey explores how activists, community organisers and everyday citizens are working together to make the world a better, greener, more sustainable place.

(Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Wed 14 Sept | 20:30, £10/8, £4.50 Under 21)
(CCA, Glasgow, Thurs 15 Sept | 19:00, £6/4.50)

10 Billion: What’s on your Plate?

With the world’s population expected to reach ten billion by 2050, how will we continue to feed ourselves?

10Billion Main ImageAmidst heated debate 10 Billion is a clear-headed exploration of global food production and different visions of the future, including artificial meat, insects, industrial farming and urban gardening.

(Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Fri 16 Sept | 17:50, £10/8 £4.50 Under 21)
(CCA, Glasgow, Sat 17 Sept | 19:00, £6/4.50)

Fractured Land

“A powerful film… a skillful study in landscape as well as character,” Globe and Mail.

FracturedLandMainImageCaleb Behn is an inspiring First Nations law graduate, taking on the oil and gas industry to protect his people’s land, water and culture in the wilds of Northern Canada. Mixing breath-taking cinematography with candid interviews, Fractured Land captures Caleb’s emerging sense of purpose as he embarks upon a new journey: to represent his people in the centuries-long battle to protect their land and the very core of their culture.

(Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Fri 23 Sept | 20:35, £10/8 £4.50 Under 21)
(CCA, Glasgow, Sat 24 Sept | 19:00, £6/4.50)

The True Cost

“Let the story absorb you, transport you and take you under. Engaging with the ugly side of fashion will lead to changing it.” The Guardian

What is the price of fast fashion? This urgent wake-up call True Cost Main Imageprovides a shocking overview of the consequences of our addiction to cheap, disposable clothing, via investigations across the globe from the garment factories of Bangladesh to the cotton fields of India.

This screening will be accompanied by an afternoon of engaging activities exploring sustainable fashion, including mending workshops with ReMade and Oxfam DIY and a showcase of sustainable design.

(Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Sat 17 Sept | 14:00, FREE)
(Grassmarket Centre, Edinburgh, Sun 18 Sept | 14:00, FREE)

When Two Worlds Collide

“A potent chronicle of the fight between indigenous tribes and government-supported business interests in the Peruvian Amazon” Variety

When Two Worlds Collide Main ImageCapturing a volatile political and environmental crisis with breathtaking access and unflinching camera work, this Peruvian documentary exposes a titanic clash between the country’s president, hungry for economic legitimacy, and his country’s most outspoken environmentalist, who is desperate to protect indigenous communities’ ancestral lands from environmental destruction.

(GFT, Glasgow, Sun 18 Sept | 14:45, £5/4.50 with GFT Youth Card)
(Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Mon 19 Sept | 20:35, £10/8 £4.50 Under 21)

In Edinburgh for the Fringe? Join Take One Action for fantastic films and inspiring conversations at our bike-and-solar powered Wee Green Cinema! Their unique pop-up cinema will be pitching up in Edinburgh Princes Street Gardens from 13-20 August with a daily programme of shorts, feature films and guest speakers from a wide range of fantastic green initiatives based in Edinburgh, all of which are FREE to attend.

Each day will have a different focus ranging from climate change, energy or transport to women’s empowerment. Go to www.takeoneaction.org.uk for the full line-up of events.

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