In a world teetering on the edge of self destruction, award-winning filmmaker Velcrow Ripper sets out on a unique pilgrimmage. Visiting the 'Ground Zeros' of the planet, he asks if it's ... See full summary »
In a world teetering on the edge of self destruction, award-winning filmmaker Velcrow Ripper sets out on a unique pilgrimmage. Visiting the 'Ground Zeros' of the planet, he asks if it's possible to find hope in the darkest moments of human history. Staring directly into the face of war, tragedy and instability, Ripper travels to the minefields of Cambodia; war-torn Afghanistan; the toxic wasteland of Bhopal; post-9/11 New York; Bosnia; Hiroshima, Israel and Palestine. This unflinching documentary captures his five-year odyssey to discover if humanity can transform the 'scared' into the 'sacred'. Confronting horror and heartbreak around the world, Ripper meets those who have suffered first-hand. And in each place, he unearths unforgettable stories of survival, ritual, and recovery. Scared Sacred deftly weaves together haunting and luminous footage with words, memories, and an evocative soundscape to create an exquisite portrait of a search for meaning in times of turmoil. With an ... Written by
I saw it at opening night at The Carlton in Toronto. Mr. Ripper has a gentle, no B.S. way of exposing the truth, or at least his truth, about this troubled world of ours. The film is not AIMED AT any wrong-doers, it simply shows the situation, and asks us to open our hearts. His focus is on the positive, the hope, rather than on the bad guy; on what we can do right versus what they have done wrong. I prefer this to a Farenheit 9/11, where Moore, though extremely witty and brave, sometimes discards objectivity in his pursuit of a Gee Dubbya, or whoever happens to be his enemy of choice, and therefore misses the beauty of the human spirit in the face of all the world's 'ground zero' disasters.
Ripper should be thanked for telling his story, as should the many incredibly brave souls in the film who tell THEIR story.
Technically, I thought the cinematography, editing, and sound design, including the music, were highly creative.
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