A Walk on the Moon

Director: Raphael Silver
Screenwriters: William B. Mai

Institute History

  • 1987 Sundance Film Festival


A Walk on the Moon is the story of a year—1969—in the life of Everett Jones (Devin Anderson), a naive and idealistic Peace Corps volunteer from Milwaukee. Jones has been sent to Afogados, a dusty but once prosperous Colombian village in the foothills of the Andes. Drought has plagued Afogados for years. The town is without electricity and its people have almost given up hope for the future.

Jones has been sent out to replace Lew and Marty Ellis (Terry Kinney and Laila Robins) who have completed their tour of duty and are scheduled to return to the States. Jones arrives to discover not everything is peaceful in the Peace Corps. Lew has flipped out after a series of disastrous failures with his Peace corps projects and has split up with Mary. As Jones struggles to adjust his youthful idealism to the harsh realities of life in Colombia, he conceives of a grand scheme to electrify the town. Nothing will ever be the same again.

— Lawrence Smith

Screening Details

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