In 1961, in one of his first acts as President, John F. Kennedy gave young Americans the opportunity to serve their country in a new way by forming the Peace Corps. From the beginning, its mission of world peace and friendship proved to be a towering task. Imbued with the unbounded energy and vision of its charismatic leader, Sargent Shriver, and thousands of vigorous volunteers, the story of the Peace Corps is a uniquely American tale. Since then, more than 200,000 of them have traveled to more than 60 countries to carry out the organization’s mission of international cooperation. Nearly 60 years later, Americans—young and old alike—still want to serve their country and understand their place in the world. Narrated by Annette Benning, A TOWERING TASK also features Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Carter, Sen. Chris Dodd, Taylor Hackford, Donna Shalala and Maria Shriver. Directed by Alana DeJoseph.
Run time: 107 min.
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