Scared Sacred

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How do humans find meaning in the face of overwhelming horror and tragedy? Scared Sacred is a critically acclaimed documentary that takes audiences on a journey to the “Ground Zeros” of the world, searching for stories of hope and significance. During his five-year odyssey, award-winning filmmaker Velcrow Ripper travels to the killing fields of Cambodia, war-torn Afghanistan, the toxic wasteland of Bhopal, post-9/11 New York, Bosnia, Hiroshima and others. Interweaving visually stunning footage and insightful interviews with people determined to heal themselves and those around them, the film becomes a remarkable testament to the human spirit as it uncovers the human potential to transform the “scared” into the “sacred.”

Winner - Special Jury Prize 2004 Toronto Film Festival

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Eternal Sunshine's picture

Thanks for an interesting and moving documentary. It's quite an achievement.

Philvfenty's picture

Having been on a number of pilgrimages this felt like a pilgrimage, like being in the hearts and minds of the peoples we visited. A labor of Love for sure.

Thanks you

tayzo74's picture

I am truly touched by this compassionate and engaging film. I seldom watch the news, because there is no penetrating warmth around its stories. This was unquestionably much more unique and important than the news has ever been to me. As if it were a "news meditation" on the fragility of our lives, that was so compelling and relevant. I am happy as a Buddhist, and a human being, to have heard this teaching. Thank you.

lfleming1019's picture

I am humbled to my knees by the power and beauty of this film. I pray I never recover.

zenja's picture

Thank you, an inspirational film to choose love over fear...

tanenbaumd's picture

Thank you Velcrow Ripper for taking me on the journey. Beautifully done and told. I appreciate in meeting
the hero's and heroine's on the journey to the sacred. Very moving.

Peace be uncovered!

Will.Rowe's picture

It is important to face the suffering as well as acknowledge the injustice of being attacked. On 9/11 we were attacked by Muslim terrorists, and on 12/7/1941. Both were out for conquest. The former for religious reasons seek a world takeover, while Japan had been on a total Asian conquest for nationalism over ten years. In both cases the US responded to end this evil. Japan began their war with the US, refused to surrender, and the US saved an estimated 400,000 soldiers lives by dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The Muslim terrorists who attacked the US had done so before and remained determined to continue even now. Theirs is a religious war fed by their hatred and intolerance of any other religion but their won. However, due to our attack upon them by our valiant soldiers in Afghanistan and by the great effort of so many in law enforcement, these terrorists have been mostly unsuccessful. Although these terrorists have murdered in Little Rock and Ft Hood, there have not been the widespread attacks that were feared after 9/11.
While many prefer to dwell in their liberal guilt, I think it is important to remember who attacked whom. Also let us not forget the motivation and goals of Islamic terrorists and a Japan conquering Asia.

sohawkes's picture

It is not Muslims who "seek a world takeover for religious reasons." Look to the country you're defending. And look to your words. There is violence in them. Namaste.

cbergland's picture

You cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that created it, and violence only begets violence. Your analysis of Japan and the attacks of 9/11 is very short range and fails to consider that there are many causes and conditions that lead a person or a nation to act violently. Your comments leave me with the impression that you believe that the US never does anything wrong, never acts in a way that transgresses in other nations. That's simply not accurate.

Will.Rowe's picture

I never said the US does nothing wrong. I responded to specific references in this film: 9/11 and our bombing in WWII. Again, consider who attacked whom in both cases. Sometimes just looking at these facts can break through insinuations that we, the US, are somehow always to blame. That is indeed inaccurate, yet it does feed liberal guilt and delusion.

myokei's picture

I submit that use of the word 'blame' feeds into your analysis. There's that old saying "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" [or words to that effect]. As a Buddhist, I believe we seek to take responsibility rather than to place blame. Placing blame only serves to increase separation, while taking responsibility opens the door to dialogue and shared understanding. To speak of liberal guilt and delusion assumes that there is something better on the conservative side. Don't both contain guilt and delusion? And guilt? It's a useless attachment.

I can't wait to see the entire film--the trailer is reminiscent of 'Baraka' in terms of being a meditation.

bobw's picture

Thank you.

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Camille Martinez's picture

So powerful.

Thank you

gbechard's picture

Very powerful film! I felt it deep inside, reaching my own pain and softening my heart. Namaste!

jackelope65's picture

My hope is in young men who help raise their children, getting up in the night to change diapers and provide love and care. Women spontaneously release oxytocin, the love and caring neurotransmitter, which triggers the loving response for the infant, themselves, family, and mankind. That is why we need more women in government, especially mothers and fathers who have experienced this expression of true love and caring beyond themselves and their selfish needs. These women and men are the fertile grounds for the seeds of compassion especially in the clean air, nay the breath of compassion. Fathers who do not participate in infant care unfortunately do not know how to care for themselves and others. Unless spiritual teachers reach them teaching ethics and deep meditation which may also lead to this compassionate response, which I needed desperately when I began. In a marriage it has been noted that 5 positive responses are needed for each negative one to sustain the relationship. I am afraid that many more compassionate actions are required for each terrorist one in this world, but i choose to hope, to spread love so that with many others a Bodhisattva response may occur, freeing all beings.

jeanetteslinger's picture

Extraordinary personal journey that speaks to us all - thank you for telling the story and making the film.

Anicca1956's picture

Thank you.

trish0's picture

A touching, deep, and hopeful film. Must be seen. I am forever changed by Velcrow Ripper.~Namaste~