Fueled by the belief that another world is possible, acclaimed filmmaker Velcrow Ripper takes us on inspiring journey into what Martin Luther King called Love in Action, and Gandhi called Soul Force; what Ripper is calling Fierce Light. Illustrated by interviews with spiritual luminaries Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Thich Nhat Hanh; and activists including Alice Walker, and Julia Butterfly Hill - FIERCE LIGHT is a spiritual experience in itself, about the impact and the necessity of spiritual action in today's world. Written by
Does contain some important interviews e.g. Thich Nhat Hanh
The Netflix blurb said the film would "explore the concept of spiritual activism" and perhaps 50% of the content reasonably approximates that, which is why I gave it 5 out of 10. Meanwhile, the other 50% is documentary footage of typical left-wing protests and causes, such as anti-free-trade, presented from the protester's point of view.
Naturally, your right-wing nutbars are going to hate this film and your left-wing nutbars are going to love it, as evidenced by the gushing praise I've read so far in most of the reviews. But what if the viewer is not highly polarized and politicized? After all, I'm not American. (That was a not-undeserved shot.) I share values of community, "we're all in this together" and so on; but I also understand economics: free trade is good for the poorest people.. although not for barely literate autoworkers making $50/hr (including benefits). How do non-leftists participate in this spiritual activism?
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