In 1950, a group of Alabama pacifists went farther than most.
And they never looked back.
Sweet Home Monteverde traces the journey of nine Quaker families from rural Fairhope, Alabama, who, during the Korean War, emigrated to Costa Rica, a country that had just abolished its army. The film follows them to the mountaintop village they named Monteverde and documents their environmental stewardship, their creation of the largest cloud-forest reserve in Central America, their pioneering work on ecotourism, their early clarion calls to fight climate change — and the legacy of their activism as passed down to succeeding generations of Monteverde Friends School students.
Director: Robin Truesdale is an independent documentary filmmaker. Based in Colorado, her film work deals primarily with social justice, culture, and humanitarian issues.
Producer: Bill Adler is a journalist and author. Between 2012 and 2015 he lived in Monteverde, Costa Rica, where he began producing this documentary.
Original Music Score: Kip Kuepper is a Grammy-nominated composer and founding partner at Coupe Studios. He has been composing and creating masterful music since 1985.
We completed the film in February 2020 and presented a special preview at the Conference on World Affairs in St. Petersburg, FL on February 21 with very positive response. Our intention was to host the film's May premiere at the Sie Film Center in Denver. We were also scheduling screenings at festivals and conferences around the U.S.
Now, though, in our COVID era, we're regrouping and innovating with hopes to offer virtual group screenings and talkback sessions in the coming weeks.
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I feel that it is my duty to try to show as many people as possible how wrong war is and to show a way through love of combating this wrong.” — Marvin Rockwell, 1949
Colorado, United States