Wednesday, 11 September 2013

UNISON supporting Take One Action! Film Festival

UNISON is once again supporting the Take One Action! Film Festival which runs from 27th September until 12th October.

Take One Action – Scotland’s global change film festival - spotlights stories that connect us across the planet: from the Occupy movement to climate change, women’s global empowerment, fracking, international development and more.

The full festival programme can be found at: .

Although the festival is focused on Edinburgh and Glasgow, we are bringing screenings to Dundee and Inverness and in the spring of next year a selection of films from the festival will tour Scotland. Please circulate this information to your contacts.

UNISON is particularly involved in working on two films; We Are Wisconsin and A Thirsty World.

We are Wisconsin (click to watch trailer) – focuses on the response of trade unions and community activists to the tearing up of public sector employment contracts by the Republican Governor of Wisconsin in 2011, culminating in the occupation of the State Capitol for 26 days and Democratic legislators absconding over the border in an attempt to stymie the attack. After each screening there will be a chance to hear from Brian Austin a serving Police Officer in Madison the capital of Wisconsin, a trade unionist and a leading figure in Cops for Labor! You can see the film at the following times:

Saturday 28 September 8pm Filmhouse Edinburgh 88 Lothian Road Edinburgh EH3 9BZ, 0131 228 2688

Sunday 29 September 5pm GFT Glasgow 12 Rose Street Glasgow G3 6RB 0141 332 6535

Monday 30 September 7pm The Steps Theatre Dundee The Steps Theatre, Central Library, Wellgate, Dundee DD1 1DB Free

Wednesday 2 October 7pm Spectrum Centre Inverness 1 Margaret Street Inverness IV1 1LS (tea/coffee/biscuits from 6.30pm)
01463 221842 Free

A Thirsty World (click to watch trailer) - Globally acclaimed master of aerial cinema, Yann Arthus Bertrand, revisits our incredible and fragile planet – this time foregrounding the wonders of the world’s fresh water sources and the ordinary heroes fighting to defend them. A European family of four consumes 140,000 litres of water every week. But it isn’t ours. It comes from other, often developing countries, that produce our coffee, jeans and cheap meat. There, water is often scarce and, in the face of climate change, increasingly a cause of conflict.

Sat 29 September 19:30: INTERACTIVE, BIKE-POWERED screening
Join us (and join in) under the stars as we pedal through the film at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Please bring warm clothing and a waterproof as rain cover is limited.

Fri 04 Oct 14:35: Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
AUDIENCE Discussion
Screening followed by discussion with guests including Percy Patrick (SCIAF) and Nick Hepworth (Water Witness).

Sun 06 Oct 18:00 (Door open from 17:15) The Tall Ship at Riverside, 150, Pointhouse Place, Glasgow G3 8RS
Draw inspiration from the sight and the sound of Scotland’s own great river by joining us on the Clyde’s Tall Ship for a special screening of A Thirsty World in Glasgow, followed by discussion with Percy Patrick (SCIAF), Dave Watson (UNISON Scotland) and Jon Rathjen (HydroNation).
Doors and café bar open from 17:15

Tickets via links at foot of page:

Please help spread the word on the festival and the chance to see these excellent films and others. The films and the discussions that take place afterwards are a different way to engage members and potential members in issues that UNISON and our sister trade unions are campaigning on. As we build towards our autumn recruitment campaign our involvement in the festival can augment this, by demonstrating that by being in UNISON you are part of a collective and the struggle for a more just and sustainable world.

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