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Scared Sacred

Velcrow Ripper / Canada / 2005 / 104 ' / English / S.T. French

Credits

Velcrow Ripper
Velcrow Ripper
Velcrow Ripper & Guillermo Escalon
Velcrow Ripper
Gashtaseb Ariana
Glen Noseworthy
Rina Fraticelli, Tracey Friesen, Cari Green, Maureen Levitt, Harry Sutherland & Cherilyn Hawrysh
Production Management: Larry Di Stefano
Sound re-recording Mixer: Andre Iwanchuk
Dialogue Edito: Glen Noseworthy

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Awards & Festivals

2004 Winner, Toronto International Film Festival, Best Canadian Feature Film - Special Jury Citation
2005 Nominated, Leo Awards, Documentary Program or Series: Best Direction
2005 Nominated, Leo Awards, Documentary Program or Series: Best Documentary - History/Biography
2005 Nominated, Leo Awards, Documentary Program or Series: Best Overall Sound
2005 Nominated, Leo Awards, Documentary Program or Series: Best Screenwriting
2005 Nominated, Leo Awards, Documentary Program or Series: Best Sound Editing
2006 Winner, Genie Awards, Best Documentary

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Synopsis

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, filmmaker Velcrow Ripper 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'. Deep in the jungles of Cambodia, Ripper meets Aki Ra, a child soldier forced to lay landmines for the Khmer Rouge. Today Aki wanders his ravaged country with a simple wooden stick, decommissioning thousands of mines each year. In the shattered land of Afghanistan, Ripper searches for a Sufi musician who was banned from performing or even listening to music, by the reign of fundamentalism. The musician discovered a way out: he filled his house with songbirds. In each Ground Zero, he unearths unforgettable stories of survival, of 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.

 

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