Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of NE New York present A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps.
Narrated by Annette Bening, the 2019 award-winning A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps puts a human face on the remarkable story of the Peace Corps and takes viewers on a journey of what it means to be a global citizen, a welcome message anytime but especially in today's world.
When you buy a ticket, 50% of the proceeds go straight to the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Northeast New York to continue their support of educational and health programs in Peace Corps countries. This is especially urgent during these difficult times when the group’s usual ways of fundraising are blocked by COVID-19 but their international projects need ongoing support.
Founded in 1961 during the Cold War, the Peace Corps stands as an icon of American idealism. From the beginning its mission of world peace and friendship proved to be a towering task. Imbued with the unbounded energy and vision of its charismatic leader, Sargent Shriver, and thousands of vigorous volunteers, the story of the Peace Corps is a uniquely American tale.
From the political machinations to establish not just a brand new government agency, but a new concept in international relations, to the growing pains of an agency striving to define its mission, A Towering Task takes viewers on a journey of what it means to be a global citizen Host country nationals, Peace Corps Volunteers and staff, and scholars and journalists take a closer look at peace building, economic development, and political independence through the Peace Corps’ nearly six decades of trials and transformations.
Before being evacuated because of the pandemic, Peace Corps volunteers were serving in over 60 countries and more than 200,000 have returned since 1961, but America is reevaluating how to engage with the rest of the world. With government agency budgets under fire, increased nationalistic tendencies in America, and Peace Corps Volunteers at the forefront of some of the most pressing themes facing the global community, A Towering Task asks: What role should the Peace Corps play in the 21st century?
2019 Official Selection, Denver Film Festival
2020 Official Selection, Vail Film Festival
2020 Official Selection, Black Star International Film Festival
2020 Official Selection, Dallas International Film Festival
107 minutes, color
Optional English subtitles