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MIPTV Picks ’09 – Fierce Light

Featuring interviews with Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and author Alice Walker, filmmaker Velcrow Ripper documents global movements that, in their embracing of non-violence and spirituality, follow Gandhi's exhortation to 'be the change you wish to see in the world.'
March 18, 2009


While documenting clashes between activists and police in Oaxaca, Mexico, filmmaker Brad Will was struck down and killed when shots were fired against the demonstrators. Filmmaker and fellow media activist Velcrow Ripper uses the harrowing footage of Will’s last video, shot before, during and after being struck by the fatal bullet, as a launching point for his examination of spiritual activism. Featuring interviews with Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and author Alice Walker, Ripper documents global movements that, in their embracing of non-violence and spirituality, follow Gandhi’s exhortation to ‘be the change you wish to see in the world.’

Partners: Fiercelight Films. Inc. (Toronto) and the NFB (Toronto), in association with Telefilm Canada and Big Picture Media Corporation, distributed through the NFB
Length: 1 x 97 minutes
Aired: Vancouver International Film Festival, 2008
Rights available: Worldwide, excluding Canada

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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