Posh Corps Prototype

I knew that convincing volunteers in South Africa to be interviewed for a documentary would be a hard sell. Peace Corps has policies to prevent volunteers from talking to the press. Even though I was not gainfully employed with any media outlet, and had nothing resembling a distribution deal, one could make the argument that a volunteer who agreed to be interviewed by anyone with a camera might be in violation of the Peace Corps press policy. So, I knew that many volunteers would be dubious about the whole enterprise.

As soon as I started contacting volunteers about the project, it became clear that most volunteers immediately assumed that the project would be a scathing exposé about Peace Corps administration. In order to put their fears to rest, I started shooting interviews with RPCV’s. This would allow volunteers in South Africa to get an idea of the tone I was hoping to achieve in the documentary.

Louis An, was a Peace Corps Response volunteer in South Africa during my own service. He agreed to be interviewed as a demonstration subject, and he provided video and photos of his service. Louis was tremendously helpful. I’m very grateful to all the people who agreed to be interviewed, but without the help of RPCV’s like Louis, I may not have been able to convince so many volunteers in South Africa to take part in the project.

-Alan Toth

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