New Rick Steves documentary airing in Edmonds first

'Hunger and Hope: Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala' is Nov. 2


Last updated 10/31/2019 at 11:22am

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Rick Steves in Ethiopia for his new PBS special, "Hunger and Hope: Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala."

Edmonds can get a free advance screening of Rick Steves' new PBS documentary, "Hunger and Hope: Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala," 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N.

Steves, who runs Rick Steves' Europe in Edmonds, will give his audience a behind-the-scenes look at the shoot and project before the screening.

After the screening, Rick will answer questions about the special, scheduled to make its debut on PBS early next year.

In this hour-long special, Steves ventures beyond his usual European sites. Traveling through Ethiopia and Guatemala, he learns from locals and experts about key aspects of extreme poverty and how to beat it.

"Together, we'll witness the importance of water, education, empowering women, and nutrition during a child's first 1,000 days," Steves said. "And we'll see firsthand the impact of globalization and the effects of climate change. More than 700 million people remain in extreme poverty – struggling to live on less than $2 a day.

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"But with the help of innovative solutions and smart development aid, world hunger has been cut in half in the last generation. Ending hunger is possible. And, with travel as our classroom, we can learn about both the challenges and the solutions."

Ending hunger is both realistic and a smart investment, Steve said.

"We can do it because we love our neighbor, because it will make our world safer and more stable – or for both reasons.

"For decades, I've taken special joy in sharing lessons from my travels with my out of the rucksack. This year, my big project has been to take lessons learned in Ethiopia and Guatemala and weave them into a one-hour documentary on hunger and hope.


"The goal: To walk with people in extreme poverty – the 700 million people struggling to live on less than $2 a day. Together, we'll get up-to-date on how today's development aid is smart and practical, and see how defeating hunger is both realistic and right."

While seats are free, registration is required at


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