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American Documentary is the non-profit organization behind your favorite series on public television, and the driver behind thought-leading initiatives like POV Spark. Based in Brooklyn, our small-but-mighty team is dedicated to supporting independent artists and presenting authentic, diverse stories—making them accessible to all.

We elevate bold and innovative documentaries for the public good. By supporting us, you also uplift:

  • Human-centered stories brought to American audiences through the power of public television
  • Diverse artists and storytellers; nearly 80 percent of POV Season 33’s films are helmed by women and more than two thirds by filmmakers of color.
  • Educators and community organizers with free resources for using documentary as a learning tool through POV Engage
  • Innovation in public media through our newest initiative POV Spark

Make a one-time or monthly gift to our annual fund to support the independent, change-making documentaries you love, and the passionate team that brings those documentaries to a public audience.

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Annual Gala

Thanks for celebrating our 2019 American Documentary Annual Gala, which took place on Wednesday, October 2 at Public Arts in Manhattan. For future sponsorship or host committee opportunities, contact

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2017 Gala