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School Bd/College/University DVD: $450


Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 89 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2017
Available in French: No

In his famous "Cross of Iron" speech in 1953, President Eisenhower critiqued the military-industrial complex while asking, "Is there no other way the world may live?" In Costa Rica today, we glimpse another way to live.

In 1948, Costa Rica dismantled their military establishment and intentionally cultivated security relationships with other nations through treaties, international laws, and international organizations. Free of the burden of military spending, they used the financial savings to invest in their people, creating strong public institutions including public higher education and universal health care. In short, Costa Ricans created a society committed to peace, solidarity, and international law. They have survived with safety and relative prosperity for nearly 70 years without a standing army.

A BOLD PEACE details the events which shook the country to its foundations, culminating in the 1948 civil war and the decision to abolish the military. Over the decades, the Costa Rican model has survived several serious crises, but the current threats may be the most formidable of all. 
"Should be required viewing for any Peace Studies program...It will provide for stimulating discussion. Not only is A Bold Peace an excellent case study of how Costa Rica abolished its military, but it also makes important connections to militarism today and decisions made in the U.S. and other parts of the world that have such an impact on others' lives."
- Dr. Patrick Van Inwegen, Associate Professor of Political Science,
Whitworth University, Author, Understanding Revolution
DVD Features
* Original 89-minute version of the film 
* 57-minute classroom version
* SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
* Scene selection
* 8 short clips about various aspects of Costa Rican life

Best Social Benefit Documentary, Eugene International Film Festival
Social Impact Award, ReadingFilmFEST
Grand Prize, I Will Tell International Film Festival, London
Best Exposé Feature Documentary, Peace on Earth Film Festival, Chicago
Best Documentary, Pembroke Taparelli Arts & Film Festival, Hollywood
Honorable Mention, Workers Unite Film Festival

Screened at:
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
New Haven International Film Festival
Ethnografilm Festival, Paris
DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival
Global Peace Film Festival
Utopia Film Festival
CineAid Film Festival
UNA Monterey Bay International Documentary Film Festival
Peace and Justice Studies Association Film Festival

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