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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.
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"The Covid crisis - and the rush for a vaccine - has overshadowed many other health emergencies around the world. Despite millions of pounds of investment and decades of medical research, malaria still accounts for the deaths of at least half a million people every year, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. The cost of treatment, when it is available, traps families in a cycle of illness, suffering and poverty, while the wider impact of the illness has continued to negatively affect the health of many national economies. Yet nobody in the pharmaceutical industry, the World Health Organisation, or its biggest donor, the Gates Foundation, seems to trust – or fund –African scientists to develop their own solutions.
The Fever, however, provides a hopeful account of the work carried out by researchers and health practitioners in Kenya and Uganda, who are determined to challenge the colonialist dynamics of global health and develop local solutions. This is a study of greed and courage – the outcome of which could save millions of lives."