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A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps Virtual Q&A
We are excited to welcome the director of new documentary A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps for a virtual Q&A in celebration of the film’s release. Stream the film beforehand in our Virtual Cinema then join us for a conversation on our Facebook and YouTube channels on Wednesday, June 10 at 7pm CT with director Alana DeJoseph. Come with questions!
Stream A Towering Task now in our Virtual Cinema: https://bit.ly/ChiTASK
50% of all proceeds will support the Chicago International Film Festival and our public programs.
Set a YouTube reminder for the Q&A: https://youtu.be/EvzV4q_FlXc
Narrated by Academy Award® Nominee Annette Bening
A Towering Task tells the remarkable story of the Peace Corps and takes viewers on a journey of what it means to be a global citizen.
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 COVID-19, 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?
“Enlightening and uplifting. A Towering Task puts a human face on the Peace Corps – and makes sense of its history of idealism, improvisation, politics, and at times its failings.” -Paul Theroux, Travel Writer & Novelist