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  • Actors: Velcrow Ripper
  • Directors: Velcrow Ripper
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: March 1 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B000F4PDCQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,923 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

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 it’s 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
• Director’s Commentary
• Guided Meditation Featurette
• Director’s Q&A and Panel Discussions
• "Take Action" Resources
• Trailer

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9e9ffdd4) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
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HASH(0x9df9b39c) out of 5 stars Hope springs eternal over man's inhumanity to man Aug. 10 2007
By Kyle Tolle - Published on
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In a 5 year undertaking, documentary filmmaker Velcrow Ripper travels to several international locations that have all experienced far too much tragedy, suffering, and loss. Although this is just a handful out of many more areas that have been victimized by horrible events, each one featured here is quite significant in its own right when considering the history involved.

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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9df9b558) out of 5 stars Cinema of the Heart March 27 2009
By Blue Coronet - Published on
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Director Velcrow Ripper's ScaredSacred is an amazing, powerful, uplifiting film documenting stories of transformation in the face of crisis. I didn't feel I was witnessing these stories as much as accompanying him into the darkness to find the light in places such as Bhopal India, the Balkans, Israel-Palestine, the killing fields of Cambodia, NYC just after 9/11, and others.

I just saw his new film, Fierce Light: Where Spirit Meets Action ([...]) -- a transformational experience in cinema. See it!
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dfeded0) out of 5 stars Scared Scared Nov. 5 2006
By V. Saunders - Published on
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This DVD delivers what it promises. Low key but visually stunning I found this DVD reassuring in it's simple message - even in the worst of places there is hope. And what amazing stories these stories of hope are.
HASH(0x9dfc2ccc) out of 5 stars WOW, eye opener. Feb. 21 2013
By john pence - Published on
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Perfect balance of awareness vs anger! So easily, Velcrow could have gone further and stopped right at the point it needed to so the message was conveyed properly. His other documentary, Fierce Light is the same. Beyon d worth the money. Motivating at the least! Company had good price and great service!
HASH(0x9dfc2c24) out of 5 stars Powerful and beautiful film March 27 2014
By Liz - Published on
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this film shows the horror that human beings can inflict on one anther and the loving, courageous and creative human spirit that can rise above it. The photography is superb.

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