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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
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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