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TOWERING TASK, A: THE STORY OF THE PEACE CORPS
Director: Alana DeJoseph

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave young Americans the opportunity to serve their country in a new way by forming the Peace Corps. Since then, more than 200,000 of them have traveled to more than 140 countries to carry out the organization's mission of international cooperation. Nearly 60 years later, Americans-young and old alike-still want to serve their country and understand their place in the world; current volunteers work at the forefront of some of the most pressing issues facing the global community.

Yet the agency has struggled to remain relevant amid sociopolitical change. More than once it had to fight for its very existence, and now-between a rise in nationalist sentiment and deep cuts to governmental-agency budgets-the Peace Corps is again confronting a crisis of identity: What role should it play around the world and in the lives of engaged citizens?

Narrated by Annette Benning, A Towering Task tells the story of the Peace Corps and takes viewers on a journey of what it means to be a global citizen.

"By thoughtfully telling the story of the Peace Corps' past and present, and then taking a look at its future, we want to equip the American public to redefine what it means for America to join the world community - not as a wager of war, but as a peacemaker and problem solver." - Director Alana DeJoseph
DVD
107 minutes
2019
USD 295.00
 
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