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Dr. Steve McGuire

Dr. Steve McGuireSociology professor Steve McGuire recently showed his documentary, “1948 and Counting” at the Cinema Verde Film Festival in Gainesville, Florida.  The film “reports on Costa Rica’s ability to manage without a military since 1948, despite invasions based in Nicaragua.” The film also “addresses the role of private armies serving multinational corporations, and whether the country’s civil guard is a military by another name. [It] places Costa Rica in the context of Central and Latin American populist struggles against U.S. backed regimes” in other Central and South American nations.

“I’m intrigued with the concept of peace culture,” McGuire says, explaining his motivation for filming the documentary. McGuire spent Spring Break one year interviewing and filming in Costa Rica with the help of his wife, Diane Donato. The film is 31 minutes long.

Another project in the works is a similar documentary about Norway, “which has been designated the only modern industrial ‘peace culture’ by political scientist Marc Howard Ross,” McGuire explains.

A previous documentary, “A Day in the Life,” was screened at two film festivals and was awarded second place in the experimental category at The Indie Gathering Film Festival in Hudson, Ohio.

McGuire’s interest in creating documentary film developed when he saw a film his colleague, David Tabachnick, had created.