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Contact:  Laura Hayes, ALA

For Immediate Release
January 15, 2004

Applications available for Human Rights video collection and public program grants

     The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and National Video Resources (NVR) are pleased to announce a new grant project for public libraries, the Human Rights Video Project.  Supported by a major grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation, the Human Rights Video Project will award grants to 300 public libraries across the country.  Libraries interested in applying for the grants can download an application and guidelines at or  Applications must be received by March 1, 2004.
     Two types of grants are available through the Human Rights Video Project.  The first, supported by the MacArthur Foundation, will provide packages of 12 videos and supporting materials on human rights topics to 250 public libraries in the U.S.  The video collection was selected by a panel of librarians, filmmakers, and human rights professionals and covers topics such as: globalization and labor rights, landmines, the prison industry in the U.S., sexual violence in war, police brutality, disability rights, rights to education, justice for torture victims, globalization and International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies, post-apartheid South Africa, Isreal/Palestine, AIDS in Africa, and U.S. immigration and political asylum. Some titles in the package are "Behind the Labels," (Witness Films, 2001)  "Every Mother's Son," (Filmmakers, 2003) "Calling the Ghosts," (Women Make Movies, 1996) and "Well-Founded Fear" (The Epidavros Project, 2000).
     The second grant, supported by the Ford Foundation, will award grants to an additional 50 public libraries.  Libraries selected for this grant will receive the sets of videos, supporting materials, and $750 to present public programs on human rights topics in partnership with a non-profit community activist organization.

     For more information about the Human Rights Video Project, please visit  or . 

     National Video Resources (NVR) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1990 by the Rockefeller Foundation. NVR's goal is to assist in increasing the public's awareness of and access to independently produced media & film and video as well as motion media delivered through the new digital technologies.

     The mission of the ALA Public Programs Office is to foster cultural programming as an integral part of library service in all types of libraries.  Established in 1990, the office helps thousands of libraries nationwide develop and host programs that encourage dialogue among community members and works to establish libraries as cultural centers in their communities.