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‘The beginning is here!’ Occupy Love screening

The St Leonards’ Film Society is screening Occupy Love, a film directed by philosopher-film maker, Velcrow Ripper, on Tuesday 17 September at the Hastings Arts Forum writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick.

The goal of the Occupy Love team? “Here at Occupy Love, we are always looking for love in all the wrong places – and finding it.  This is an era of unimaginable crisis and unimagined possibility. It’s time to start creating the new world, that we know is possible. A world that works for everyone and all life. Nothing less will do.”

Acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light) takes you on a journey deep inside the revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet as he asks the question “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?”

Occupy Love explores the growing realization that the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or meaning. The old paradigm that concentrates on wealth, founded on the greed of the few, is causing economic and ecological collapse. The resulting crisis has become the catalyst for a profound awakening: millions of people are deciding that enough is enough – the time has come to create a new world, a world that works for all life.

The film connects the dots in this era of rapidly evolving social change, featuring captivating insider scenes from the Egyptian Revolution, the Indignado uprising in Spain,  Occupy Wall Street in New York, Indigenous activists at the Alberta Tar Sands, the climate justice movement and beyond.

The film explores the aspects of this arising that take the form of what Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘Love in action’, what Gandhi called ‘Soul Force’ and what Velcrow Ripper is calling ‘Fierce Light’. Woven throughout is a deep exploration on the meaning and importance of ‘public love’ – the love of humanity, the love of the planet.

Director’s statement: “Occupy Love is the movie I have been waiting to make, all my life. Today’s global awakening is what my earlier films have been anticipating and fostering – a current of potential that was pulsing  and rumbling, just below the surface. Suddenly the volcano has erupted.  As the popular Occupy sign reads, ‘The Beginning is Here’.”


St Leonards’ Film Society

Time: 7pm doors / 7.45pm film

Price: FREE (donations kindly accepted)

Venue: Hastings Arts Forum, 36 Marina, St Leonards on sea TN38 0BU

Occupy Love website here.

Posted 10:09 Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 In: Film

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