A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps

Directed by Alana DeJoseph
Year: 2023
Country: U.S.
Language: English
English Closed Captions

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave Americans a new way to serve their country: the Peace Corps. In its 60-year history, 200,000+ volunteers have traveled to more than 140 countries to carry out the organization's mission of world peace and friendship – a towering task, indeed. Through interviews with Corps volunteers, Heads-of-State, scholars, journalists, and host country nationals, the film explores how this uniquely American government agency has attempted to answer Kennedy’s call: "My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man."

Jimmy Carter
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
John Coyne
Elizabeth Cobbs
Gerard T. Rice
Harris Wofford
Maria Shriver
Maureen Orth
Peter Hessler
Joe Kennedy
Donna Shalala
Taylor Hackford

Directed by Alana DeJoseph