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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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  • Actors: Krishna Aratna, Joan Baez, Sera Beak, Michael Beckwith, Dayirj Dhanraj
  • Directors: Velcrow Ripper
  • Writers: Velcrow Ripper
  • Producers: Alyson Richards, Betsy Carson, Cherilyn Hawrysh, Gerry Flahive, Mark Achbar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Alive Mind
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0028YW39M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,379 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action" on IMDb

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By L. Hayman on August 24, 2009
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Part self-exploration by Velcrow Ripper, the director, and part exploration of activist events since 2000, this movie Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action is well worth watching AND owning. It's moving and profound, inspiring and informative...the best kind of "entertaining" pass-time for conscious or inquisitive beings. But it's beautifully shot and sounds great. And it's not a pass-time so much as it is an investment in awareness and self. Bravo Velcrow!
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This intimate comment on the nature of humanity - with warts! is personal and profound without being tiresome. Both Scared Sacred and Fierce Light offer something not often found in a film experience - wide eyed hope. The people whose lives are portrayed, including the famous, are action heroes in the right sense of the word. It is difficult to remain inert in light of their example. The young should see this film - it won't be wasted on them.
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Fierce Light is a fairly interesting piece of work. I only have a couple of complaints about it. For one, it is kind of disjointed and bit hard to follow in parts. My only other complaint is that I still get the feeling that all of the protests were not as "nonviolent" as they were made out to be. This film seems especially relevant, though, having watched it shortly before the riots broke out in Ferguson, Missouri. While I honestly had some doubts, I was able to view confirmed footage of police firing plastic bullets and tear gas on peaceful demonstrators (as well as tear gassing and arresting news crews who were breaking no laws). After Ferguson, Fierce Light became a lot more believable to me.

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:

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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.
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Thought provoking, passionate look at how we connect as people when we can no longer tolerate an injustice. Go within to heal first ourselves, then go out to heal our world. Or, do we perhaps heal ourselves through action from the heart?
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This DVD was deeply inspiring. Global in its subject matter yet personal. Told from the viewpoint of a photographer/activist. There was much that I did not know about. I am inspired to get involved!
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I watched this film while feeling a state of despair of all the evil in the world today. I immediately felt so much better. This is a GOOD film in both senses of the world. Beautiful filming and editing also!
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This DVD is a documentary that follows several stories of human injustices all over the world, from The Farm incident in South Central Los Angeles, to the forced segregation of the Dalit (lower class) people of India. Velcrow Ripper brings to light these injustices as well as focusing on the courageous way that those who suffered through these events stood firm in their beliefs and rights as humans in a non-violent way.

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.

For more about me and my work: The Master Within and Axiatonal Integration
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Powerful movie with some of the greatest people on this planet giving insight into in heart of social activism. Thought provoking discussion of balancing actions and beliefs.

Can't believe I hadn't heard of this before. Definitely worth a watch.
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