In 1950, a group of Alabama pacifists went farther than most.
And they never looked back.
As the U.S. prepares to enter the Korean War in 1950, nine Quaker families from rural Fairhope, Alabama embark on a journey to emigrate to Costa Rica, a country that has 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, and their early clarion calls to fight climate change. Their legacy of activism is passed down to succeeding generations.
Director: Robin Truesdale is an independent documentary filmmaker. Based in Colorado, her film work deals primarily with social justice, cultural 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.
“The stories told by these remarkable elders are timeless. Their beliefs about war, peace, and environmental protection are as relevant today as they were seventy years ago."
Watch the film intro:
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