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Alan Adelson

United States
Climate Change, Gun Violence, Human Rights
Impact Producing, Mentorship, Impact evaluation
Cultural/racial identity:
white, European
Self identification:


Alan Adelson is the Executive Director of Films for Humanity. He works in film and print. Film and television credits include: One Survivor Remembers, HBO 1995, European production coordinator, winner of the Best Short Documentary Oscar and three Emmy Awards; as producer/director/writer: Lodz Ghetto (PBS, Channel 4, 9 other countries) short-listed for Best Feature Length Documentary Oscar 1989, winner, International Film Critics Prize, 8 international film festivals; Two Villages in Kosovo (ARTE, RTE) 2006, and In Bed With Ulysses, 2012. He made worldwide headlines with articles in Esquire and the Wall Street Journal revealing the disappearance of enriched plutonium from a nuclear reprocessing plant. His fiction has been published in the New Yorker. After ten months of festival and virtual cinema streaming, The People vs. Agent Orange, which he produced and directed with Kate Taverna, will have its US television premiere on PBS Independent Lens June 28, 2021. The film won the 2021 Erik Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians and the Jury Award at the Eugene Environmental Film Festival. Adelson built the outreach and impact team with Susan Hammond, founder and director of the War Legacies Project. Contact: