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Explore PBS documentary ‘American Creed’ with the filmmaker and get a free DVD at 2019 ALA Annual Conference

What does it mean to be American? What holds us together in turbulent times?

In the PBS documentary American Creed, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from different points of view to explore the idea of a unifying American creed. Their spirited inquiry frames the stories of citizen-activists striving to realize their own visions of America’s promise across deep divides.

On Saturday, June 22, from 1 to 2:15 p.m., at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., conference attendees are invited to watch segments of the film and learn about programming ideas to bring home to their libraries.

The “Now Showing: American Creed” session will take place in Washington Convention Center room 209A-B.

Participants will leave this event with everything they need to bring American Creed — and its diverse perspectives on America’s ideals and identity — to their communities. Attendees will view powerful community stories from the film and hear from filmmaker Sam Ball of Citizen Film as well as librarians who have hosted screenings, community conversations and other related activities at their libraries.

All attendees will receive a free DVD of American Creed for their circulating collections.

Public performance rights will also be granted to those who attend this session or a half-hour consultation with the filmmakers (Saturday, June 22, at 4 and 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, June 23, at 12:30 p.m. in the Networking Uncommons on the second floor of the Washington Convention Center in the WCC-L Street Bridge).

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit

About Citizen Film

Citizen Film is a nonprofit production company that employs collaborative documentary storytelling and story sharing to engage communities in dialogue about important problems and inspire active participation in solutions. Citizen Film’s collaborations with independent filmmakers, grassroots organizations and civic institutions have been featured at America’s most prestigious venues (the Sundance Film Festival, MoMA-NY, LACMA, the Hirshhorn, the Whitney and more) and presented on television (PBS, HBO, IFC, TLC, Arte, etc.). For more information, visit

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