Humanity has to change its habits in a hurry if it's going to have a home worth inhabiting in the 21st century and beyond. To make this kind of global shift we need good information, but we also need inspiration -- fear of collapse and catastrophe is more paralyzing than motivating. This film shows where a broad range of activists find their inspiration. Whatever you choose to call it -- spirit, or the fierce light within -- it's the way it moves and connects you with others that counts. Velcrow Ripper has captured this in beautiful and often startling images, interwoven with highly engaging interviews. Some of the people appearing here are well known -- Thich Nhat Hanh, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Paul Hawken, Alice Walker, Bell Hooks, Joanna Macy, to name just a few -- but some of the less famous folks contribute as much or more to the film. Above all, the film challenges you to find your own centre of inspiration, instead of offering easy answers.
The main documentary is 97 minutes, but the DVD also includes 13 5-minute self-contained mini-movies that are equally well shot and edited. This could make the DVD especially useful for local gatherings of people looking for their own way of making a difference. Along with Ripper's earlier film, ScaredSacred, this could take us a long way toward healing the split between the "way of action" and the "way of contemplation".