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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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