Peace Corps Film Festival

Today, the First Coast Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Inc. hosted the Third Goal International Film Festival at Players by the Sea to celebrate 55 years of the Peace Corps. W. Scott and Nancy McLucas underwrote the program that supports the corps’ third goal “to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.”  The afternoon commenced with a tasting of Eastern European, African, Asian, Middle East and Latin American food and an Ethiopian dance performance. Event organizer Bernadette Miron opened the celebration with a welcoming salute to the Peace Corps. Bernadette served from 1963 to 1965 in Colombia, where she met fellow volunteer and husband-to-be David Miron. President John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country” speech inspired her to join.  The film festival included documentaries “A Towering Task” produced by Alana DeJoseph, and “Posh Corps” by Alan Toth. A screening of an award-winning film DIFRET, produced by Mehret Mandefro was based on a true story of a young Ethiopian girl caught in a clash between cultural traditions and the country’s advancement of equal rights. A Skype talk with Mandefro followed the film.