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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.

Director:

Velcrow Ripper

Writer:

Velcrow Ripper
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Credited cast:
Krishna Aratna Krishna Aratna ... Himself - Sri Lankan Activist
Joan Baez ... Herself
Sera Beak Sera Beak ... Herself - Harvard Scholar for Comparative Religion
Michael Beckwith Michael Beckwith ... Himself
Dayirj Dhanraj Dayirj Dhanraj ... Himself - Dalit Activist
Danny Glover ... Himself
Thich Nhát Hanh ... Himself (as Thich Nhat Hanh)
Daryl Hannah ... Herself
Sam Harris Sam Harris ... Himself
Julia Butterfly Hill Julia Butterfly Hill ... Herself
bell hooks bell hooks ... Herself - Cultural Theorist
Van Jones ... Himself - Environmental Justice Activist
Chan Khong ... Herself (as Sister Chan Khong)
Leela Kumari Leela Kumari ... Herself - Human Rights Lawyer
Noah Levine Noah Levine ... Himself - Dharma Punx
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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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Documentary

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2008 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Agrio fos - Otan to pnevma synanta ti drasi See more »

Filming Locations:

Alabama, USA See more »

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Budget:

CAD 1,180,000 (estimated)
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(theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (35 mm version)
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Does contain some important interviews e.g. Thich Nhat Hanh
21 September 2012 | by Mark HarrisonSee all my reviews

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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