This evening I saw Fierce Light, the second in a trilogy by Canadian filmmaker Velcrow Ripper. The film is about spiritual activism, subtitled “When Spirit Meets Action“. Fierce light is what Gandhi called soul force and Martin Luther King called love in action.
It touches on the movement of political activists into spirituality and on quiet spirituality into activism. Several stories are told and documented in person by Ripper. Some history is shared and a number of secondary stories are touched on, such as Thich Nhat Hanh’s return to Vietnam – also documented by Ripper.
“When your process is one that’s founded on compassion and openheartedness and community and sustainability and unity, free from racism and sexism—all those things that are part of a society that many people are trying to work towards—you’re already living the change. So if you don’t succeed in a particular goal, if in your process you are living those truths, you’ve already won.”
But it is equally important, he says, that spirituality not become “overly transcendent”, that it be balanced by a concern for the outside world.
This is the passion I just touched on, without excuse.
The first of the trilogy was Ripper’s film Scared Sacred, about spirituality found even in the worlds hell holes, the “ground zeros”. Now on DVD.
The coming third film is called Evolve Dissolve: Another World Is Here. It’s about “evolutionary communities” that are already living change. Interesting as I know a number of people who are working to build “spiritual community“.
He’s also working on a film called Redvolution. “it’s about becoming your own spiritual superhero…becoming your own spiritual authority, about discovering truth for yourself, and it’s about being a spiritual rebel in a way.” “…the New Age is middle-aged. We need something new.”
Thanks to the Georgia Straight for the interview.