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The Price of Kings: Oscar Arias

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COSTA RICA FRONT PAGE — The Price of Kings is a projected twelve-part feature-length documentary film series directed by Joanna Natasegara and Richard Symons. Each film focuses on the life and leadership of a specific world leader.

What is the price of power? The third film, ‘The Price of Kings: Oscar Arias’ takes an in-depth look at the life of the little known ex-President of Costa Rica, a man who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his tireless work to achieve an end to violence and conflict in Central America through diplomacy and disarmament.

Serving as President of Costa Rica on two occasions, Oscar Arias’ eight years in power came at a personal cost. The film is centers round frank and illuminating conversations with Arias himself, his daughter, brother, former colleagues and critics, the film reveals how Arias gained immense popularity in his home country after bringing peace to Central America through the Esquipulas Peace Agreement.

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Film Synopsis
In the 80s, Central America was in crisis. Wracked by brutal civil wars, death squads and militia backed by the warring Superpowers of the Cold War. Yet one man at the center of this conflict decided to take action against the chaos. ‘The Price of Kings: Oscar Arias’ explores the legacy of this man: the former President of Costa Rica and lone leader without an army who had the courage to forge peace with his neighbors against the will of US President, at risk to his own life and the impoverishment of his people. Arias’ diplomacy and leadership brought an end to the bloodshed, for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize and the adoration of his people. Now his controversial policy choices leave his reputation destroyed. Arias’ pursuit of peace and prosperity for his people came at a significant personal cost, and his story reveals that even the best intentions can be held against you.

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From the Spirit Level Film website:

It wasn’t really until the third and final day of interviews with Oscar Arias that he really opened up. Everyone had warned us that though he might come across as arrogant in fact he was just naturally shy - making the choice of a career in politics extraordinary. In fact, one of his peers called him the anti-politician and by the end of our time with him in Costa Rica we understood why.
It wasn’t really until the third and final day of interviews with Oscar Arias that he really opened up. Everyone had warned us that though he might come across as arrogant in fact he was just naturally shy – making the choice of a career in politics extraordinary. In fact, one of his peers called him the anti-politician and by the end of our time with him in Costa Rica we understood why.

Defying Ronald Reagan, despite Costa Rica having no army and being surrounded by warring Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras was a difficult decision but proven to be the right one. When he shot this look at the camera we got a glimpse of how tough the naturally shy Arias can be. No-one believed he could bring peace to Central America, let alone get men like Nicaragua’s President Ortega to the negotiating table.
Defying Ronald Reagan, despite Costa Rica having no army and being surrounded by warring Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras was a difficult decision but proven to be the right one. When he shot this look at the camera we got a glimpse of how tough the naturally shy Arias can be. No-one believed he could bring peace to Central America, let alone get men like Nicaragua’s President Ortega to the negotiating table.

As we discovered in our third and final day of interviews with President Arias, the price he paid, was linked to the environment, stunning scenery and natural beauty of Costa Rica. Capturing it on film also gave us a decent break from the intensity of the interviews.
As we discovered in our third and final day of interviews with President Arias, the price he paid, was linked to the environment, stunning scenery and natural beauty of Costa Rica. Capturing it on film also gave us a decent break from the intensity of the interviews.

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To date only three films have been released: The Price of Kings: Yasser Arafat ; The Price of Kings: Shimon Peres; and The Price of Kings: Oscar Arias.

Although the Arias film was released in 2012, and listed on IMDb, only the first two films are available for purchase directly from the producer https://www.spiritlevelfilm.com.  Watch preview of all 3 films at http://www.spiritlevelfilm.com/thepriceofkings/landingb/

 

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The Arias film  is available to universities, media centres, individual schools and public libraries at the Landmark Media website.

 

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