HR Video Project 

The Human Rights Video Project is a national library project created to increase the public’s awareness of human rights issues through the medium of documentary films. To that end, we have curated a collection of 12 documentary films on human rights issues. The project also encourages collaborations between public libraries and human rights advocacy organizations to present film screenings and discussion programs. The project was developed by National Video Resources in partnership with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. Major funding provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

The program also aims to build a broad community of filmmakers, librarians, activists, teachers and other citizens interested in using independent video to effect social change in their communities. We believe in the importance the public library as a place for community discussion and learning, and we hope that this project will create new, powerful alliances between public libraries and local advocacy organizations.

The core of the program is a collection of 12 documentary films selected by a panel of human rights professionals, librarians and filmmakers. The collection was distributed free of charge to 300 public libraries nationwide. Additionally, 50 libraries received funding to create screening and discussion programs in collaboration with local advocacy organizations.

The project was created by National Video Resources ( in partnership with the American Library Association ( Public Programs Office. It was made possible with generous grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

The Human Rights Video Project Website

This website is designed to provide information about the films in the Human Rights Video Project collection, as well as additional resources about Human Rights subjects. In addition, this website provides assistance to libraries, advocacy groups and others to plan effective screening and discussion programs.

Features on the website include:

  • Film summaries and video clips for each film in the collection.
  • Essays, articles and commentary that place the films in context.
  • Interviews with filmmakers.
  • Bibliographic and other resources.
  • Programming resources for libraries, advocacy organizations and community groups.
  • Information for ordering videos from distributors.
  • Listserv for librarians using these videos