Americans have a notorious
relationship with their history. How many times have you been shocked
to find a young person with little knowledge of the fight for women's
rights, or the battle to eradicate polio, or the wrenching conflict
in Vietnam ? Out-of-sight, out-of-mind describes this sad condition
all too well.
We are the Documentary Alliance, a Houston-based 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating the cultural amnesia
that is robbing Americans of the valuable lessons of the past. We
do this by using film, video and multimedia to fashion thoughtful
and thought provoking stories about history, culture, and science.
By preserving and presenting these ideas, we hope to inform, inspire,
and empower Americans to fashion a better tomorrow.
Documentary Alliance programs will be distributed to the American
public on television, home video, the Internet, in schools, and by sharing
copies with other nonprofit organizations. Our primary venue is PBS,
a forum with a primetime national audience of over 150 million viewers.
By becoming a catalyst for greater understanding
and appreciation for history, our nation and the people who shape its
future will not be destined to repeat the mistakes of the past.
We celebrate knowledge and the power it has
to promote positive change. When presented in a balanced and detailed
context, it is the most influential force for shaping our communities.
It is indispensible for a healthy democracy and essential for a fulfilling
quality of life. TEST
One of the most important
goals of the Documentary Alliance is partnering with other nonprofit
organizations whose missions can benefit from our programming. Each
film will have a teacher's guide for integrating its story into classroom
curriculum. Advisory input and collaboration will be sought from our
partnering organizations to aid in developing program content. Conversely,
completed programs will be made available at no cost to these organizations
for their educational outreach needs.