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The film, A Bold Peace

The film, A Bold Peace

A Bold Peace

Hastings Against War invites you to our screening of A Bold Peace (2016), a documentary about Costa Rica’s path to demilitarisation. In a country with no military, another way to live beckons to the world… Rona Drennen writes.

Over 60 years ago, Costa Rica became one of the only nations in the world to disband their military and to re-direct national resources towards education, health and the environment. Since then, Costa Rica has earned the number one spot in the Happy Planet Index, a ranking of countries based on measures of environmental protection and the happiness and health of its citizens. And the World Database of Happiness, with data on 149 nations compiled by a Dutch sociologist, lists Costa Rica as number one in self-reported happiness and number one in happy life years.

A Bold Peace juxtaposes the national policy of demilitarization (since 1948-49) with their investment in education, health, and the environment. Pointed parallels and contrasts are made with recent U.S. debates over the national debt, healthcare, the environment and the escalating cost of U.S. militarism. The film features former presidents, Costa Rican government officials, as well as scholars, journalists and citizens of Costa Rica.

“Costa Rica is now nearly seven decades into what may be the most extraordinary experiment a sovereign nation has ever undertaken. A Bold Peace tells the story of Costa Rica’s risky, extraordinary journey of living without a military — of transcending war and remaining (for 68 years and counting) an example of the future that is possible for the whole planet… Part of the film’s impact is the clarity with which it explains, through numerous interviews, the complexity of Costa Rica’s peace journey and the courage required over the decades to sustain it… Yes, there is another way for the world to live. By the film’s end, this way emerges not simply as possible, not simply as a curiosity, but as the model for the future. It’s time for the rest of the world to join Costa Rica on its journey.” Robert Koehler, Huffington Post. Koehler’s review was reposted on over 15 websites including Common Dreams,, and Counterpunch.

A Bold Peace

Tuesday 4 December 2018 at 7pm, organised by Hastings Against War.

Quaker Meeting House, 5 South Terrace, Hastings TN37 1SA.

Free event. Easy access for all. Bring a seasonal snack to share.

“Costa Rica’s Peace Journey,” Huffington Post, February 23, 2017. Robert Koehler. 

The film, A Bold Peace

The film, A Bold Peace

Posted 08:22 Sunday, Dec 2, 2018 In: Film


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  1. ALison


    I missed this too…..will you show it again? cheers Alison

    Comment by ALison — Thursday, Jan 10, 2019 @ 08:50

  2. Eye on the ball

    Would love to have seen thisbut couldn’t make that date. Will it be shown again? Maybe at the Electric Palace?

    Comment by Eye on the ball — Thursday, Dec 6, 2018 @ 20:31

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