Adolfo Perez Esquivel: Rivers of Hope

"Adolfo Perez Esquivel: Rivers of Hope" is the story of Latin America over the past eighty years, as seen through the eyes of one man -- world famous artist, human rights activist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Adolfo Perez Esquivel. From his humble birth in Argentina to an indigenous mother and immigrant father, to his work exposing the "dirty war" being waged by military dictatorships across Latin America, to his time as a "disappeared" and tortured political prisoner, Adolfo became known as the conscience of Latin America and as a powerful voice for the dispossessed. With extensive archival footage, family photos and never before seen interviews, this very personal film captures one man's journey upon the currents of hope that are now running across the Latin American continent, and it chronicles the genuine progress being made in the struggle for human rights and social justice, for all.

Spanish version and French subtitled version also available

  • Dawn Engle
  • Dawn Engle
  • Ivan Suvanjieff
  • Adolfo Perez Esquivel
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    1 hour 17 minutes
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    June 14, 2015
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    United States
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    English, Spanish
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  • World Premiere
    Monte Carlo, Monaco
    June 14, 2015
    World Premiere
  • Harlem International Film Festival
    Harlem, New York
    September 9, 2015
    USA Premiere
  • MICGénero 2015
    August 19, 2015
    Mexico Premiere
Director Biography - Dawn Engle

Dawn Gifford Engle is an activist, filmmaker and Co-Founder and Executive Director of the The PeaceJam Foundation, a nonprofit organization led by thirteen Nobel Peace Laureates and a global leader in developing young leaders and engaging adults and youth in their local and global communities.

Dawn began her career as an economist, working 12 years for the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. She was the youngest women ever appointed to serve as Chief of Staff to a U.S. Senator. In 1991, after meeting and befriending the Dalai Lama, she co-founded the Colorado Friends of Tibet, and in 1994, she and husband Ivan Suvanjieff began working together to create the PeaceJam program, which has been recognized internationally for excellence in peace education.

Today, the PeaceJam Foundation is a global organization that has engaged hundreds of thousands of youth in root-cause centered action addressing the most pressing issues facing our world. Dawn now works with a team of 13 Nobel Peace Laureates who have identified 10 core issues that, if addressed though the leadership of the participating Nobel Peace Laureates and the energy of youth, will have a substantial and lasting impact on creating a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world for all. In addition, she co-authored the book, "PEACEJAM: A Billion Simple Acts of Peace", which was published by Penguin in 2008 and directed the award-winning documentary films, 2012: The True Mayan Prophecy and Mayan Renaissance, which is the first in a series of feature length documentaries in PeaceJam’s Nobel Legacy Film Series. Dawn has been nominated eight times for the Nobel Peace Prize herself.

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