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Canada, 2008, 90 mins, Color



Director: Velcrow Ripper
Cinematography/Editing: Velcrow Ripper
Executive Producers: Mark Achbar, Silva Basmajian, and Betsy Carson
Producers: Gerry Flahive, and Cherilyn Hawrysh


Does spirituality, the search for inner meaning, still have a place in a world in crisis? Fierce Light considers the possibility that a new power and depth could be released if spirituality and activism were brought together. Sparked by what Gandhi called “soul force,” and Martin Luther King called “love in action,” the filmmakers takes us on an international journey in search of stories of spiritual activism.

Velcrow Ripper is a lot like his movies -- friendly, hopeful, full of electrifying ideas. Ripper, 45, is an award-winning filmmaker with dozens of films and videos under his belt, including Bones of the Forest and Scared Sacred; the latter was named one of Canada's Top 10 movies of 2004, and won the 2005 Genie (Canadian Academy Award) for best feature documentary. Bones of the Forest, his 1995 environmental meditation was co-directed with Heather Frise and won nine major film awards, including a Genie for best feature-length documentary and Best of the Festival at Hot Docs. His other movies include Open Season and In The Company of Fear; he's also the award-winning sound designer on such films as The Corporation and Eve and the Fire Horse

Daryl Hannah has acted in over forty feature films since the age of 11. She has also been passionate and committed to practicing a low impact lifestyle for over 16 years. From her small footprint, passive and active solar home complete with gray water systems and organic garden, to being an early adaptor of biofuels, Daryl Hannah has been actively spreading the good news of how well it all works and how good it all feels. She has produced, hosted and shot numerous green TV appearances including pieces for CNN International and Good Morning America. Her speaking engagements include keynote speeches at the UN Global Business Conference on the environment, the National Biodiesel Board Conference, Natural and Organic Products Expo, LOHAS and many others. 

Daryl was recently invited by the President of the United Nations General Assembly to be a featured speaker to address dignitaries from the United Nations member states, representatives of the media, the scientific community and the private sector at a Thematic Debate of the General Assembly on the Global Climate Crisis.

She’s written articles on sustainability for many magazines including Jane, Marie Claire and Veg News. She also designed and films for, her website dedicated to sharing solutions on how to live more harmoniously with the planet and all other living things. The site features weekly five-minute inspirational video blogs, daily news updates, alerts, community and access to goods and services. 

She is the founder of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, which is a certification program for sustainably produced, harvested and produced biofuels. Additionally, she sits on the board of the Environmental Media Association, Eco America, the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and the Action Sports Environmental Coalition. 

Daryl is a documentary and narrative filmmaker, which she has both directed, written and produced. Her short, The Last Supper, won a prize at the Berlin Film Festival among others and she is currently in the process of editing her latest documentary.
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