Occupy Love – An alternative Valentine’s Day celebration

Tired of spending yet another Valentine’s Day following the commercialized playbook of the greeting card industry? Why not break out of the stereotyped mould and do something different and exciting this year by celebrating love on a global scale?

Join us for an alternative take on Valentine’s Day with a screening of the inspiring feature documentary Occupy Love.

Occupy Love will be screened at 6.15pm on Friday 14 February 2014 (Valentine’s Day) at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street, Cape Town.

We live in a world plagued by economic, environmental and political crisis. In Occupy Love, acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper asks: “how could the crisis we’re facing become a love story?” It may sound like a rather strange story at first, but in his beautifully conceived new documentary film, Ripper takes us on a journey deep inside the revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet.

Occupy Love

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 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.

Occupy LoveWoven throughout the action oriented backbone of the film is a deep exploration of public love, and compelling stories of an emerging new paradigm. It features some of the world’s key visionaries on alternative systems of economics, sustainability and empathy, including Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Jeremy Rifkin, bell hooks and Charles Eisenstein.

Occupy Love is a moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Ripper’s signature stunning visuals and rich soundscapes. A powerful cinematic experience that will leave audiences inspired – don’t miss it! For more information about the film, visit the Occupy Love website.

This event is presented by While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town-based non-profit collective committed to bringing documentaries with important social and environmental messages to South African audiences.

Secret Love Project

The screening takes place in partnership with The Secret Love Project – an official project for World Design Capital 2014. Conceptualised and initiated by Cape Town based artist, Michael Elion, the Secret Love Project aims to positively influence the collective consciousness of an entire city through subliminal programming. Seen the hearts all over the city? That’s it! The Secret Love Project takes its inspiration from the mentalist, Derren Brown.

Every ticket bought earns you a heart sticker from the Secret Love Project

Place: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town
Date: Friday 14 February 2014
Time: 6.15pm

Tickets are R40 and can be reserved by calling The Labia at (021) 424 5927.

Reserving tickets is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.


One response to “Occupy Love – An alternative Valentine’s Day celebration

  1. Reblogged this on butterflyeffect and commented:
    This is what gets us excited and up in the mornings too! The 3rd film in the legendary Velcrow Ripper’s trilogy, Scared Sacred, Fierce Light and now Occupy Love. The thoughts, feelings and sentiment behind these films and the way I understand their message strikes a resounding chord with many of the same principles that I have found in the early stages of my personal Recovery, a cinematic metaphor.

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