2:45pm Friday May 5 - Gateway CC - Human Rights & Social Justice Series

"A Bold Peace" Directed by: Matthew Eddy - One of the world's greatest stories of nonviolence. Costa Rica's 68 Year Experiment In Peace.

A Bold Peace documents one of the most positive national experiments to ever come out of Latin America. Costa Rica's bold decision to abolish their military in 1948 has had profound social consequences in the 68 years since abolition.

Costa Rica's civil war in 1948 shook the country to its foundations, culminating in the decision to abolish the military. As Costa Ricans dismantled their military establishment, they intentionally cultivated security relationships with other nations through treaties, international laws, and international organizations. Free of the burden of military spending, they created a vital democracy, a wide middle class, and a strong welfare state with free university education and universal health care. Over the last 68 years, the Costa Rican model has survived several serious crises, but the current threats may be the most formidable of all.

Director Bio: Matthew Eddy
With grants from the Jubitz Family Foundation, the Jane Addams Peace Association, and the International Peace Research Association Foundation, Eddy led a film crew during two summers of shooting in Costa Rica and a world-wide search for archival film clips. This is Matthew Eddy's first film.


05.05.17 - 2:45 pm
1 hour 30 minutes
Gateway Community College