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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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