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scotland: take one: action film festival

Friends of the Earth Scotland was a major supporter of an innovative film festival in Edinburgh promoting films and people that have changed the world in 2008.
scotland: take one - action film festivalThe festival, called Take One: Action aimed to inspire people to become more active on issues both local and global.


FoE Scotland held two screenings as part of the festival. The first was “Erin Brockovich”, followed by a discussion by local Scottish "Erins" who have all gone out into their communities and created change for the better. This was followed by a sell out performance of the epic “Koyaanisqatsi”, which was accompanied by the soundtrack performed by local Edinburgh band, Urban Farm Hand. Speakers before and after the film linked it to our Big Ask Scotland campaign for a strong Climate Change Bill.


Film festivals are a fantastic way to engage new audiences and link in with campaigns. This one helped us break down some of the barriers around people getting involved with activism. We also learned about the enormous amounts of time and energy required to organize events such as these.


We will be using our experience here to make Take One: Action even bigger and better in 2009, and also use it to maximize the activism potential of new films in the coming year.


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