Bringing Peace Corps Home: Third Goal Film Night in San Francisco
By Erica Burman on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Peace Corps Week celebrates President Kennedy’s establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. During this annual event, the Peace Corps community renews its commitment to service and celebrates all the ways that Peace Corps makes a difference at home and abroad. NPCA member groups around the county frequently mark the date with special events. Here’s what the Northern California Peace Corps Association has planned…
As part of the festivities for Peace Corps Week this February 24 – March 1, the Northern California Peace Corps Association will be hosting a screening of independent films. The night is part of a larger effort by the group to fulfill the third mission of the Peace Corps. As John F. Kennedy stated, “The logic of the Peace Corps is that someday we are going to bring it home to America.”
Third Goal Film Night was conceived by Will Spargur, the President of the Northern California Peace Corps Association, and the hope is that the event will be the first step in the development of an annual film festival in San Francisco dedicated to bringing the Peace Corps into the public eye.
“It’s easy to think, ‘Why do we need Peace Corps Volunteers to educate us about the world?’ I can pull out my cell phone and instantly get information on any country in the world, but Peace Corps Volunteers are needed now more than ever. So many conflicts have been started not because people disagreed on the facts but about what those facts meant. As people are exposed to more and more information, misunderstandings will only increase in the absence of cultural awareness.”
Third Goal Film Night will be held on February 25th at the Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco. Admission is five dollars. All proceeds will go to the Northern California Peace Corps Association Grants Program.
A feature length documentary produced and directed by Ashley Tindall telling the story of three Peace Corps volunteers in Azerbaijan, Liberia and the Philippines over their 27 months of service.
The Way Back to Yarasquin
A film by Sarah Gerber and Twenty Twenty Studio telling the story of one woman’s journey to reconnect with her native origins in Honduras, and the unexpected path that changed a whole community through the local commodity: coffee.
A film documenting the struggles of Peace Corps volunteers in South Africa as modernization meets Peace Corps service. Posh Corps was directed by Alan Toth.
With events like the Third Goal Film Night, the members of the Northern California Peace Corps Association hope to remind all RPCV’s of their continuing mission of raising awareness, and helping all Americans understand that they are a part of a greater world
There are more ways to get involved with Peace Corps Week!
This year, Peace Corps invites current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers to get involved in Peace Corps Week 2014 by participating in a Video Challenge and Classroom Challenge. Each challenge, created to help current and returned Volunteers support Peace Corps’ Third Goal of sharing other cultures with Americans, starts on January 1 and continues through the end of Peace Corps Week on March 1. Visit the Peace Corps website to learn how to get involved in one or both of these exciting challenges!