Starhawk's The Fifth Sacred Thing Movie Venture Gets A Kick Start

by: Sara on 06/27/2011
Posted in: Activism

Recently I heard the news that plans are in motion to turn Starhawk's bestselling book, The Fifth Sacred Thing into a film. The book, set in the year 2048, tells the epic story of a philosophical, post-apocalyptic world where the best and worst of humanity’s possible futures collide. The survival of our planet rests in the hands of one clan that honors a diverse mix of races, religions and the four sacred things that sustain life – earth, fire, air and water.

Within days of the announcement of the film project, the Facebook page for the film had thousand of “likes,” and its wall was overflowing with fans expressing their excitement and support for the project, sharing stories of the effect the book has had on their own lives and the impact they hoped the movie would have on people – and on the fate of the earth.

Starhawk is an internationally known author, activist and Wiccan. Her newest venture to create the movie version of The Fifth Sacred Thing is a huge challenge and responsibility. Not only must she stay true to the story that inspired so many to a life of social, political and environmental change, but she must do so in a way that is respectful to the earth. Moviemaking is not generally considered a sustainable or green industry, but Starhawk has created a Green Plan that will set new standards for environmental accountability in film production. And, ever on the cutting edge, she has created a campaign to generate funds towards the making of the film at You can find out more about this exciting endeavor and, if you choose, donate towards the project at

What I love about Starhawk is that she walks the talk. She is able to take the vision and move it towards action. Starhawk did not just create a vision of ecotopia and say “OK people, go ahead – good luck figuring it out.” Instead, she has continued to offer the tools and guidance we all need to make this world a reality. Perhaps best known as an articulate pioneer in the revival of earth-based spirituality and Goddess religion, and credited with helping the global justice movement find and define itself (she writes about these collected experiences in her book Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising), Starhawk is a veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes, and is deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism.

Her new book due out this fall, The Empowerment Manual continues this path towards a rich, diverse and sustainable earth-based future by offering guidance and tools for groups – Transition Towns, intentional communities, nonprofits and others – to harness their members’ ideals, passions, skill and knowledge through collaborative, shared power and bottom-up leadership to foster vision, trust, accountability and responsibility. Her extensive exploration of group process is woven together with the story of Rootbound – a fictional ecovillage mired in conflict – and is rounded out with a series of real-life case studies. The Empowerment Manual aims to help groups avoid disagreement and disillusionment and become a wellspring of creativity and innovation.

We all have moments in our lives, big and small, that help us to see things in a new way and inspire us to action. For me, I still feel that there is more I can do to be the change I want to see in the world, but for now I feel my role is to help disseminate information and tools that may not be offered by mainstream media or government, because knowledge leads us towards wisdom -- the understanding of what is true or right – without which we live a life of folly void of compassion, humanity and virtue.

We’d love to hear your stories of what – or who – has inspired you to take action in your own life.



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