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A Bold Peace: Costa Rica’s Path of Demilitarization (Film)

Friends Meeting at Cambridge helped fund this film which details the social and economic benefits to the country of Costa Rica following the disbanding of its army in 1948. Transcending war the country has been, for nearly 70 years, an example of what a future without militarism might be for the whole world. The film has won awards at film festivals in Chicago, Hollywood, Eugene, OR, London and New York City.

A Bold Peace: Costa Rica’s Path of Demilitarization. This is a story of Costa Rica’s 65-yearlong experiment in living without a military, told through the lives of formers presidents, current leaders, scholars, activists, and ordinary Costa Ricans. It is a bold peace: riveted by a history of two military incursions into this country with no army; inspired by the unseemly leadership of this small nation that led peace efforts in Central America; and moved by courageous initiatives as this tropical country envisions living carbon neutral by 2021. Become a film sponsor and take a moment to look at our website and extended promotional film trailer”

Following the film, Ileana Matamoros who grew up in Costa Rica, will lead a conversation informed by Costa Rican history and recent attempts by the US to push re-militarization in that country.

Popcorn and drinks will be served.

For a brief trailer, see the YouTube introduction below: