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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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By placing respiratory health firmly in our sights, the 2020 Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the risks that air pollution poses to public health – as well as to the planet’s future. (It is estimated that toxic air quality causes up to 7 million deaths a year.) In Smog Town, a team of local officials attempt to make good on China’s “War for the defence of Blue Skies.” But can local measures have a real impact on such a global issue?
Deputy chief Li, his assistant Hu and the rest of the city of Langfang’s environmental protection are under strict government orders to meet air pollution reduction targets. The drastic measures they impose prove deeply unpopular, disproportionately penalising poorer citizens, workers and small business traders while, a few kilometres away, large factories continue to contribute to rising levels of air pollution…
In subtle, observational tones, Smog Town captures the futility of environmental policies that focus on short-term targets without addressing wider, systemic causes – and forces us to reckon with the urgency of a crisis we can’t afford not to address.