Scared Sacred (2005)
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In a world teetering on the edge of self-destruction, award-winning filmmaker Velcrow Ripper sets out on a unique pilgrimage. Visiting the Ground Zeros of the planet, he asks if its possible to find hope in the darkest moments of human history.
Ripper travels to the minefields of Cambodia; war-torn Afghanistan; the toxic wasteland of Bhopal; post-9/11 New York; Bosnia; Hiroshima; Israel and Palestine. This powerful documentary captures his five- year odyssey to discover if humanity can transform the "scared" into the "sacred". In each place, he unearths unforgettable stories of survival, ritual, resilience and recovery.
ScaredSacred deftly weaves together stunning footage with haunting memories, inspirational stories, and an evocative soundscape. Featuring an engaging, first-person narrative, this film is an exquisite portrait of a search for meaning in times of turmoil, a luminous gift to a world in shadows.
Genie Award Best Feature Documentary
Canada's Top Ten Toronto International Film Festival Group
Special Jury Prize Toronto International Film Festival
Audience Award Vancouver International Film Festival
Dolby 5.1 and Stereo 2.0 Audio
Optional English and Spanish Subtitles
Optional French Language Version
Guided Meditation Featurette
Directors Q&A and Panel Discussions
"Take Action" Resources
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Beginning in Bhopal, India and moving on through Cambodia, Bosnia, Hiroshima, Afghanistan, New York and eventually culminating in Israel and Palestine, time is spent exploring the past and present fates of these environments along with thoughts from the populace. In conjunction with passionate interviews of those impacted by these events, video footage that accompanies these segments is both powerful and impressive.
Despite living in a world of continual instability and uncertainty, people everywhere have demonstrated time and again that hope can be a profound element in shaping a better future. That is the attitude shared by many in this program along with the fact that a lot more compassion and much less negativity would be wonderful stepping stones towards improving the human race altogether.
I found `Scared Sacred' to be a worthwhile and thought provoking documentary on many levels. The presentation as far as narration, camera work, and sound quality were all well executed and the DVD has several special features that measure up nicely in combination with the main feature.
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