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Weekend plan for Take One Action festival at Eden Court in Inverness

By Margaret Chrystall

Take One Action festival short film Born In Damascus.
Take One Action festival short film Born In Damascus.

The UK’s film festival Take One Action focusing on global change heads to Inverness for a weekend format for the first time (October 28-30).

The theme of this 15th year is ‘the land beneath our feet’ and it includes films to come and see at Eden Court and others to watch digitally.

As ever, it is crossing borders and emphasising the connections between places, and films feature Scottish, UK and international communities.

The festival’s events and communities officer, Daisy Crooke, said: “Take One Action was set up in 2008 to bring people together and nurture the conversations and questions at the heart of positive social change.

“At a time when the notions of solidarity, equality and justice seem increasingly under threat, it feels more vital than ever to find connection and unearth optimism through shared cinematic experiences.”

The films include a look at Palestinian foraging practices, Filipino land defence, migrant justice in the UK and radical mycology (the study of mushrooms).

Highlights include:

• The Scottish premiere of Jumana Manna’s Foragers, exploring how foraging has become a radical act in occupied Palestine as Israel criminalised the picking of native plants. (Eden Court, Friday, October 28)

• The Scottish premiere of Delikado, a journey into the El Nido forest, where a group of Filipino land defenders risk their lives fighting for environmental justice. (Eden Court, Saturday, October 29)

• The Scottish premiere of The Mushroom Speaks, an exploration of what mushrooms can teach us about being in the world. (Eden Court, Saturday, October 29)

• Ten years after then-Home Secretary Theresa May introduced the ‘Hostile Environment’ policies, Sonita Gale’s new feature documentary Hostile is both an exposé of the policies’ devastating impacts, and a call for care, solidarity, and action. (Eden Court, Saturday, October 29).

There’s also the world premiere of Coming Down To Earth – a new online audio documentary by Scotland-based artist Tanatsei Gambura.

It draws on knowledge advanced by indigenous communities, land defenders and social justice activists. Available to download and experience between now and Sunday, October 30.

An online programme of short films questioning women’s relationships to (home)land, features two films from Scotland: Caitlin McMullan’s wild swimming journey First Step Swim; and Born In Damascus, Syrian-Scottish filmmaker Laura Wadha’s story of a family separated by war – alongside films from Tanzania and Colombia (screening exclusively online October 21-30).

Festival programmer Xuanlin Tham said: “In these years of increasing chaos, we find solace and inspiration in the power of storytelling.”

Tickets to all events are priced on a pay-what-you-can sliding scale of £0-£10, accessible to all.

• takeoneaction.org.uk

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