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Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action (2008)

Captures the exciting movement of Spiritual Activism that is exploding around the planet, and the powerful personalities who are igniting it.




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Credited cast:
Krishna Aratna ...
Himself - Sri Lankan Activist
Sera Beak ...
Herself - Harvard Scholar for Comparative Religion
Michael Beckwith ...
Dayirj Dhanraj ...
Himself - Dalit Activist
Sam Harris ...
Julia Butterfly Hill ...
bell hooks ...
Herself - Cultural Theorist
Himself - Environmental Justice Activist
Herself (as Sister Chan Khong)
Leela Kumari ...
Herself - Human Rights Lawyer
Noah Levine ...
Himself - Dharma Punx


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 Anonymous

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1 October 2008 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Agrio fos - Otan to pnevma synanta ti drasi  »

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CAD 1,180,000 (estimated)

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13 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Waterfront Film Festival, and found it quite disappointing. Ostensibly, the film was an attempt to link spirituality and activism. Sadly, the spirituality in the film amounted to little more than the hollow postmodern rejection of any structured belief system and vague embrace of "tolerance". In a similarly disappointing vein, the activism envisioned by the filmmakers was nothing more than generally pointless (and often very vague) political protest. It was somewhat fitting with the hopeless, oblivious idealism of the film as a whole that it ended with a group chanting "We are here and we are not leaving" ... on the anniversary of having left the south central LA garden a year earlier.

Overall, the film came across as an attempt to seem deep to the more simple-minded viewers, but could fairly easily be recognized as hollow by everyone else.

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