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By Andrea Lyle
Special to The SUN
The Institute of Light, Growing Spaces and Be The Change have combined efforts to sponsor a free screening of “Occupy Love,” a film by Canadian musician and filmmaker Velcrow Ripper.
“Occupy Love” captures the heart of the movement of movements that is sweeping the planet in response to today’s economic and environmental crises. Philosopher-filmmaker Velcrow Ripper travels to history-making hot spots, asking the question, “How can crisis create a love story?”
Scenes include the Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square, Spain’s Indignado movement, Occupy Wall Street NYC, The Maple Spring in Quebec, and indigenous activists at the Alberta Tar Sands.
The film explores the aspects of this arising that take the form of what Martin Luther King Jr. called “Love in action.” Woven throughout is a deep exploration on the meaning and importance of public love — the love of humanity, the love of the planet. It is a testament to a revolution as yet unfinished, and a plea not to succumb to hate, and instead place love at the center of our struggles for a better world.
Come to the Liberty Theater, Thursday, April 11, for a free screening of this thought-provoking film. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the movie starting at 6:30. There will be time for community discussion after the film.