Directed by Velcrow Ripper
Country: Canada
Year: 2005

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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 of the Special Jury Prize 2004 Toronto Film Festival