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How far would you go for your beliefs? This film traces the spiritual and geographical journey of an intrepid group of Americans who leave the US in 1950 in search of a life of pacifism. They found it in a remote cloud forest in Costa Rica, a country that had just abolished its army. The documentary explores issues of peace and justice, cultural integration, and the climate change crisis that we face today. The film follows nine Quaker families from rural Fairhope, Alabama to the Costa Rica mountaintop village they named Monteverde. It addresses their pioneering work on environmental protection and ecotourism, their early clarion calls to fight climate change, and the legacy of their values and activism as passed down to succeeding generations. Director/Editor Robin Truesdale has won numerous awards for her video and documentary work (including a regional Emmy) and specializes in stories that celebrate diversity, peace, and the wisdom of elders. Producer Bill Adler lived in Monteverde from 2012-15 and co-founded and served as news director of its community radio station. He began work on this film while he lived there.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    57 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Robin Truesdale
  • Producer
    William Adler
  • Cinematographer
    Andrew Ackerman
  • Music
    Kip Kuepper