Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Movie Recommendations

 BARPCV recommendations for movies about the countries where we served and Peace Corps in general.  If you have any recommendations please send them to me and include a brief description, rating (out of 4 stars) and your information.


Jimi Sir: An American Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal 

Take a journey to the rugged terrain that separates the barren Tibetan plateau and the plains of India. Live alongside Jimi, a Peace Corps volunteer in Melung, a days walk south of the trail from Kathmandu to Mt Everest base camp. Delve into the ways of the Tibetan Buddhist people living and farming side by side with the Hindu Sanskrit culture. Witness the Buddhist prayer wheels and flags alongside the Hindu puja rituals. Understand the challenges facing Nepal as its citizens struggle with overpopulation, deforestation, and drinking water quality...



See the full 1 hour movie:

Recommended by Doane, Uganda 1966-1969 ★★★★


Night News Story on RPCVs in Sierra Leone

Jim Sheahan (Sierra Leone 1961-63) sent along this terrific video of the New PCVs to Sierra Leone.

The NBC video featuring the 37 new PCVs in Sierra Leone was finally telecast on the NIGHTLY NEWS last evening. It was extremely well done and included references to the first group that arrived back in the early '60s and had interviews with a few of the volunteers who were shown in their assigned locations. Below is the web link:




Two Americans travel to 25 different countries to create a documentary on pick-up soccer.  Some of the countries include: Bolivia, China, Kenya, South Africa, Iran, Brazil and Togo (well for a brief cameo). "I loved this movie" Anna, Togo 2004-2006 ★★★★  






With Tom Hanks (1985)


Funny movie about a man who joins Peace Corps to hide from his gambling debt and ends up building a bridge in Thailand. 


Recommended by Doane, Uganda 1966-1969  ★★★★

Ratings: Karen Perry, 



Once in Afghanistan


By RPCV: Jill Vickers and Jody Bergedick


This new, feature-length documentary is the story of the female volunteers working on smallpox vaccination teams in Afghanistan in 1969 and 70. One of the women, Jill Vickers, co-produced and edited this depiction of how the vaccinators found their way and what impressions have endured. She and Jody Bergedick released "Once in Afghanistan" through the generosity of Group 15 members and their friends. It's available for public showings with Q&A led by members of the group and is for sale on DVD. All profits go to NGOs working in Afghanistan.


Recommended by Doane, Uganda 1966-1969  






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