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TELLING AMERICA’S STORIES

THE BETTER ANGELS SOCIETY

The Better Angels Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Americans about their history through documentary film. Our goal is to educate, engage and provoke thoughtful discussion among people of every political persuasion and ideology.

The Better Angels Society’s mission is to be the preeminent organization supporting American history documentary filmmakers, advancing the use of their body of work to promote civic engagement and educate generations of students and lifelong learners.

THE 2022 LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
LAVINE/KEN BURNS PRIZE FOR FILM

Submissions for the 2022 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film will open on February 22 and close on June 1, 2022. The Prize Ceremony will be held at the Library of Congress on the evening of October 18, 2022. For more information about the Prize, or to submit a film for consideration, explore the links below.

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The Better Angels Society is proud to sponsor awards dedicated to the next generation of documentary filmmakers.

The Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film

The Better Angels Society celebrated the 2021 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film winners in a virtual celebration on October 26, 2021. Congratulations to all of our winners!

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The Next Generation Angels Awards

The Better Angels Society is sponsoring National History Day individual documentary awards for middle and high school students. Students begin their journey by presenting films in classrooms, schools, and districts around the world.

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“More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source.”

Stephen Ambrose, Historian

“History can help us connect with our better angels.” 

Walter Isaacson, Author

“Ken Burns brings to life our American history like no one else, and does it in a way that is riveting, relevant and impactful. Simply remarkable.”

Admiral Michael Mullen, Better Angels Society Board Member

“We believe an understanding of history is critical to a healthy democracy.”

Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine, Better Angels

“Through his storytelling, Ken revives our often dormant moral conscience while giving a voice to the voiceless. He is a national treasure.”

Ron Moultrie, Better Angels Board Member

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Join this vibrant community of dedicated, like-minded individuals.

The immediate goal of The Better Angels Society is to complete funding for the documentary films currently in production, as well as the educational engagement tools that accompany each film. In addition, we are funding specific projects that fulfill a larger long-term mission, such as film restoration and preservation, supporting a new generation of filmmakers, and creating the Ken Burns legacy.

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