Oscar Arias: Without A Shot Fired (2017)


The story of former president of Costa Rica and 1987 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Oscar Sanchez Arias.


This is the story of a tiny country that made a decision to do something that no other country had ever done – it decided to abolish its army and declare peace to the world. And this is the story of a young boy who grew up in that country, and how he ended up challenging – and sometimes even convincing – the greatest powers in the world to follow Costa Rica’s example.

“Oscar Arias: Without a Shot Fired” is a Don Quixote-like saga with great historical touchstones – Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Cold War politics and Communism, Central American War and Peace.

It follows a slight, academic, and most unlikely hero over the course of more than fifty years, as he travels the world in a quest to stop the spread of the weapons of war. In the end, it is a story about the triumph of reason, of the sparrow triumphing over the eagle, and how the impossible dream can sometimes come true.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Dawn Gifford Engle.
  • Producer(s):
    • Roberto Ibanez Atkinson … associate producer.
    • Cristina Bordes … associate producer.
    • Jacque Gellein … producer.
    • Rip Gellein … producer.
    • Manfred Kastner … associate producer.
    • Ana Morales … producer.
    • Rona Picket … associate producer.
    • Ivan Suvanjieff … executive producer.
    • Elizabeth Parmly Weber … producer.
  • Writer(s): Dawn Gifford Engle.
  • Music:
  • Cinematography: Elizabeth Holloway, Ivan Suvanjieff, and Rogelio Vasquez.
  • Editor(s): Elizabeth Holloway.
  • Production: PeaceJam Productions.
  • Distributor(s): Gravitas Ventures.
  • Release Date: 2017.
  • Running Time: 63 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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