Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action
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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 movements of positive, compassionate action. Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action illuminates what is possible when human beings are their absolute best...a human sunrise.
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The film features segments that include Thich Nhat Hanh, Desmond Tutu, Micheal Beckwith and a host of others that provide compelling and inspiring perspectives in their stories. Where most documentaries about activism that I have encountered solely focus on the negative, this film provides a positive aspect on the events covered through the people themselves. The Film itself is well done, balanced, objective and very entertaining. I would recommend this Film for any home library.
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At the time I watched Fierce Light, I was reading a book by Brian McLaren called, "Everything Must Change: When the World's Biggest Problems and Jesus' Good News Collide." There were a couple of paragraphs in it that I thought was especially fitting to one scene in Fierce Light. At approximately twenty-five minutes into Fierce Light, while attending a support-our-troops-type rally held at Ft. Benning, a Pastor Emanuel Wiggins embarrassingly attempts to justify war using the Bible. On the same day, there was a protest across town from Ft. Benning attempting to shut down a government program that trained snipers, presumably some of the same snipers used to shoot peaceful protesters in South America.
These are the relevant paragraphs from McLaren's book:
Nowhere is [Jesus'] message clearer than in his prophetic action on what we call Palm Sunday. One imagines Herod, two links down in Caesar's chain of command, coming into Jerusalem on one side of town. He is attended by horses and chariots and guards armed with swords and spears. On the other side of town, Jesus also enters the city, not riding a white steed or state-of-the-art chariot but a humble donkey, cheered by crowds of poor and humble people who wave not swords and spears but palm branches and colorful coats. They don't celebrate the one who comes in the name of Caesar and the empire of Rome, but the one who comes in the name of the Lord, proclaiming the kingdom of God.
Yes, Herod and Caesar trust in chariots and warhorses, but Jesus comes in a different manner: to proclaim "peace to the nations."
Yes, on one side of town, you had an odd and eclectic group of protestors, who "wave not swords and spears but palm branches and colorful coats." And on the other side of town, you have the people that trust in chariots and warhorses! Yes, how fitting an image!
A few other notable things in Fierce Light was an OK interview with Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, and Daryl Hannah protesting to keep an inner-city garden from being sold and destroyed to make room for a warehouse.
All in all, it wasn't a high-budget production, but it did have a lot of feeling to it.
The people I know who have seen this film walk away with a direct experience of the Fierce Light, or power of Soul for Good that director Velcrow Ripper refers to. Anyone who cares about current issues and community needs to buy this film! Everyone I know who has seen this film LOVES it!