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“World changing” movie weekend

TWO “world changing” movies are to be screened in Lerwick this weekend, with some free tickets for members of the Co-operative.

Shetland Film Club is bringing Scotland’s Take One Action film festival to screen an inspiring film about the Palestinian crisis and an entertaining view of one American family’s attempt to reduce their carbon footprint.

The screenings will be followed by an audience discussion led by local enthusiasts touching on what local people can do to make a difference.

Described by the New York Times as “the must-see documentary of the year”, Budrus describes the work of Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organiser, who unites Palestinians and Israelis in an unarmed struggle to save the olive groves of his village from an Israeli security, or separation, fence.

Victory seems improbable until his 15 year old daughter Iltezam launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. In the process, they unleash an inspiring yet little-known movement in the West Bank that is still gaining ground today.  The film carries a PG certificate.

No Impact Man (cert 15), described by the Los Angeles Times as “terrifically entertaining, compelling and extremely funny”, invites you to imagine going a year without toilet paper, TV, coffee, a refrigerator and many other creature comforts we take for granted.

In 2008, guilty Manhattanite Colin Beavan, wife Michele, their two year old daughter and their dog embark on a year-long crusade to drastically reduce their carbon foot and paw prints. Hilarity, compromise and hard lessons ensue…But which way do the real solutions lie?

Festival patrons Ken Loach and Glasgow-based screenwriter Paul Laverty said “”These are fantastic films, and Take One Action’s focus on empowering local audiences to engage with global and environmental issues through them is unique in the UK.”

Festival director, Simon Bateson, who will be in attendance, said “Films really can change the world, but only when audiences share ideas for action together and decide to become part of the story. That’s what Take One Action is all about.”

Budrus will screen at the Shetland Museum and Archives on Friday 4 March at 7.30pm, and No Impact Man on Saturday 5 March at 7.30pm.

The visit has been supported by Shetland Arts, the Shetland Arts Fund and UNISON (Local Government).

Tickets, which cost £6 and £4 (concessions), are available on the door and from Shetland Box Office, Islesburgh Community Centre, 01595 745555 or online at www.shetlandboxoffice.org.

There are a number of free tickets available to Co-operative Members who email their preferred film, venue and membership number to info@takeoneaction.org.uk

For more information on the programme, visit www.takeoneaction.org.uk or www.facebook.com/takeoneaction