A Towering Task | Denver Film Society | Alana DeJoseph | USA

A Towering Task

Alana DeJoseph

EnglishUSA2019105 min


No upcoming showtimes scheduled.


In 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave young Americans the opportunity to serve their country in a new way by forming the Peace Corps. 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; current volunteers work at the forefront of some of the most pressing issues facing the global community.

Yet the agency has struggled to remain relevant amid sociopolitical change. More than once it had to fight for its very existence, and now—between a rise in nationalist sentiment and deep cuts to governmental-agency budgets—the Peace Corps is again confronting a crisis of identity: What role should it play around the world and in the lives of engaged citizens?

Directed by Alana DeJoseph and narrated by Annette Benning, A Towering Task is the first feature documentary to chronicle the remarkable history of the Peace Corps while considering its future at a critical juncture.

Alana DeJoseph and Shana Kelly will be in attendance

Sponsored by CFVA, Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media

Producer: Dave Steinke | Cinematographer: Vanessa Carr | Screenwriter: Shana Kelly
Cast: Annette Bening

You might also enjoy...

The Great American Lie

The Great American Lie

The American Dream may be the most enduring tale we as a nation tell ourselves. But is the guarantee of upward mobility in exchange for hard work—regardless of color, class, or creed—just a myth? This frank documentary asks whether we’re lying to ourselves about the even level of the playing field.

USA 2019 99 Min
Learn More


The death of northern white rhinoceros Sudan, the last male of his species, isn’t surprising—but that doesn’t mean it’s any less impactful not only for the world’s rhino population but also for his human caretakers, as this emotional, forceful documentary shows.

Kenya 2019 82 Min
Learn More
Mr. Toilet: The World's #2 Man

Mr. Toilet: The World's #2 Man

As the founder of the World Toilet Organization, Jack Sim knows that the lack of access to bathrooms is a global health crisis. By “turning poop culture into pop culture,” he’s on a crusade to improve sanitation for billions of people in this surprisingly funny, heartfelt, and complex documentary.

USA 2019 86 Min
Learn More