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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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