Dear Friends,

In September 2000, PBS broadcast the documentary "KPFA On The Air" as part of its nationally distributed series POV. We the filmmakers were thrilled that the history of America's oldest listener-sponsored community radio station and network was shared by millions of viewers across the country. The film has also received accolades at conferences and festivals nationwide.

This past week, we have been informed that the Pacifica Foundation, owner of KPFA's license, has forbidden KPFA and the other four stations in its network from using our film as a fundraising premium. We must protest this act of censorship. All Pacifica stations are listener supported, and to deprive them of the opportunity to fundraise with our film is economically insupportable as well as censorious. Unfortunately, the station most harmed by this prohibition is KPFA, which has been locked in battle with Pacifica since last year.

What is so alarming about our film that cash-strapped Pacifica prohibits stations from raising urgently needed money? While most of the film's one hour length explores KPFA and Pacifica's joint 50 year history, a few minutes at the beginning and end are devoted to the crisis that erupted in 1999 and is still unresolved. Last year's events were unimaginable when we began the film in 1991, but it would have been irresponsible for us as documentarians to not include something that received international coverage and represents the gravest crisis KPFA and Pacifica have ever faced. Ironically, the most consistent criticism of the film is that it is too even-handed and brief in dealing with these events.

Since the struggle between KPFA and Pacifica began, it has been our hope that the film could stimulate much-needed public dialogue about Pacifica's future.

Still holding that hope, we urge Pacifica to reconsider, and not further sully its name with this act of petty censorship. We remain ready to make tapes available at no charge to stations and programmers who request them.

Veronica Selver
Sharon Wood