Comox United Church and the Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship will host Velcrow Ripper’s award-winning film Scared Sacred this
Scared Sacred is the first of Ripper’s film trilogy, which also includes Fierce Light and Occupy Love, which was shown as the closing film at the 2013 World Community Film Festival.
Scared Sacred examines some of the Ground Zeros of our world, including Bhopal, Cambodia, Bosnia, Hiroshima, Afghanistan, the World Trade Center and Palestine.
In each place, within stories of disaster and despair, he finds stories of hope, so that experiences of being scared occur side by side with experiences of the sacred.
The film is a very personal journey for Ripper as well, as he explores the dangerous areas of our world. Rather than trying to wall off the fear in our modern lives, he decides to seek it out, exploring the dark places of our world, while also exploring Sufi and Buddhist teachings to help him make sense of his own experience.
He also spends time with an Interfaith group in Palestine trying to bridge the chasm between Israelis and Palestinians. Parents, who have experienced the intense suffering caused by losing a child to the conflict, can find common ground with those on the other side, who have had the same experience.
The presentation Friday will be at 7 p.m. at Comox United Church at 250 Beach Dr. in Comox. Admission is by donation.
— Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship