Fierce Light

When Spirit Meets Action

National Film Board of Canada & Seville Pictures. A film by Velcrow Ripper. 2008.
Featuring Alice Walker, Desmond Tutu, actress Daryl Hannah, Julia Butterfly Hill and more.
Winner Special Jury Prize & National Film Board Audience Award at Vancouver International Film Festival.

Two Screenings on Thursday 10 November 2011 at Simon’s Town Museum
Brought to you by  Exploring Consciousness

at 11am: cost R20
at 6.30pm: cost R30 –
includes glass of wine/juice before screening

Please book with museum to avoid disappointment on 021 786 3046
Running time 95 minutes

Sparked by Gandhi’s ‘soul force’, Desmond Tutu’s ‘ubuntu’,
Thich Nhat Hanh’s ‘interbeing’. 
In these times of crisis, is change possible? There is an electric charge in the air, a burgeoning renewal amongst both people who have focused their lives on the spiritual, and those whose lives are centered around the struggle for change. Acclaimed filmmaker Velcrow Ripper sets out to discover the power that is released when spirituality and activism meet. Sparked by what Gandhi called ‘soul force’ and Martin Luther King called ‘love in action’, Ripper spotlights remarkable individuals who are taking action from the heart. The film is the revelation of a new global movement of positive, compassionate action.

With stunning cinematography, a compelling soundtrack, and dramatic stories of resistance and transformation, Ripper’s personal quest transcends specific religious faith and embraces an all-encompassing vision of unified humanity, with the civil-rights movement of the ’50s and ’60s as its solid foundation. FIERCE LIGHT illuminates what is possible when human beings are their absolute best . . . a human sunrise.

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From the filmmaker Velcrow Ripper: I hope to help and be part of the movement that I think is the biggest project that’s taking place on the planet right now: the movement from an industrial growth society — a life-destroying society — to a sustainable society, sustainable on multiple levels. A society of mutually enhancing relationships between each other and the planet, which I think is where we’re going. That’s the next step in our evolution is to get to that. Moving from the egocentric point of view to the world-centric point of view. And that’s my activism. I consider myself a media activist and that’s the root of where I’m pointing people. I’m very hopeful. I think we are waking up. Change is happening really fast. There are two graphs: there’s the graph of destruction and there is the graph of transformation. It’s anybody’s guess which one is going to peak out first but I choose hope.

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