With just over a decade of implementation, Protective Accompaniment
has proven itself to be an effective non-violent tactic for the prevention
of human rights abuses around the world. "In the Company of Fear"
is an experimental film capturing the courage of those working towards
a new paradigm in human rights protection. It offers hope that as
civilians we have the power to effectively shape world history.
"In the Company of Fear" shows how the policy of "protective
accompaniment" is employed to thwart the use of violence. "Protective
accompaniment" is a policy whereby foreign volunteers of Peace
Brigades International offer human rights activists the unarmed protection
of an international presence.
"In the Company of Fear" looks at the power of non-violent
resistance to oppose state terror in Colombia. It features respected
political analyst Noam Chomsky and was jointly created by Vancouver
writer/producer Jill Sharpe and director Velcrow Ripper.
Jill Sharpe has been actively engaged in the creation of documentary
films since 1988. Among her credits are "Festival da Bahia,"
the thirteen part series "Yellow Brick Roads," co-direction
of "Jasper-Spirit of the Rockies" and co-production of "Ray
Bradbury- An American Icon." In 1996, Sharpe moved to Vancouver,
producing and directing under her own company, Reel-Myth Productions.
Reel Myth and Sharpe have produced "Healing Beyond a Cure"
and "In the Company of Fear."
Velcrow Ripper has written, directed and produced over twenty one
films, videos and websites that range from new narrative to documentary.
His first feature was the 1990 new narrative film entitled "I'm
Happy" followed by the documentary "Bones of the Forest."
"Bones of the Forest" won several awards including Best
Feature and Best at the Festival at CIFC National Documentary Awards
in 1996, Special Jury Prize at the Hawaiian International Film Festival
and the Genie Award in 1996 for Best Feature Documentary.
Jill Sharpe, Producer
Reel-Myth Prod. Inc.
2133 Cypress St.