A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps
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A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave Americans a new way to serve their country: the Peace Corps. 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 in its 60-year history.

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."