ASI-produced documentary film premieres in Nicaragua

Feb. 8, 2011 - A hard-hitting, Quinnipiac documentary film depicting Nicaragua's brutal period of civil war premiered Jan. 10, 2011, at the Plaza Siglo Nuevo movie theater in León, Nicaragua, where Quinnipiac students and staff served as volunteers. "Valor From Darkness" explores the modern history of dictatorship, revolution, and reconciliation in Nicaragua. The film depicts these issues through the voices of people personally involved in this period of Nicaragua's history. The film was also screened at Quinnipiac on Feb. 7.

Individuals appearing in the film include Stephen Kinzer, former Central American bureau chief for The New York Times and author of "Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua;" Eden Pastora, a Nicaraguan revolutionary; and Gioconda Belli, a popular Nicaraguan poet/writer and former Sandinista whose memoir, "The Country Under My Skin" describes her war experiences.

Produced by the Albert Schweitzer Institute and Information Services, the film was directed by Peter Gallay, academic technology multimedia producer, and written by Gallay and Erin Peck, director of programs for the Albert Schweitzer Institute.

"I think it's really important for the students who have either been to Nicaragua or will be participating in one of the programs there to understand the context of where Nicaragua has been and where it's going," said Peck.

"This is one of the first times we have done a project like this in Nicaragua," said David Ives, executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute. "I think this film is extremely consistent with the goals of the Albert Schweitzer Institute, especially to promote peace in the world. I hope this work will help the process of reconciliation and peace in Nicaragua."

Serving as executive producers for the film were Gallay, Ives, Peck, Sean Duffy, professor of political science and Fred Tarca, chief information technology officer.

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