Winning The Peace
1992, 30:00 minutes
Winning The Peace begins with the summer 1991 victory celebrations of Eritrean liberation. Their war, the longest in modern times, has ended, but now the enormous tasks of reconstruction are beginning. There are 10 000 maimed veterans, AIDS is widespread, sanitation in the main cities of Asmara and Massawa is almost non-existant. The problems of deforestation present an added burden.
The filmmakers have captured previously some of the horror and tragedy of the war. In this film they also show the excitement and determination in small town meetings, among relief workers from Canada, and among doctors and teachers. One rural woman states, "Now we drink education like good water." We also see the incredible transformation of the Eritrean Audio-Visual Institute, which used to work only at night in underground bunkers, into the Eritrean National TV service.
Winning The Peace is a detailed, sober, and passionate document that could only have been made by filmmakers who have spent years in the country.
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