Documentary Films

MacArthur’s media grantmaking supports the production of social-issue documentary films on important contemporary topics, intended for a broad audience. Over the last 30 years, the Foundation has supported over 200 films that combine exceptional storytelling with in-depth journalism. These films are often used in educational, community, and policymaking settings to spark conversations and activities that contribute to social and policy change.

Now showing "documentary films from 2014"

  • Questioning safety standards overseen by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in light of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi disaster while observing the daily operations at an aging New York nuclear power plant More
  • Two successful business owners, facing no visible path to legal immigration status, must decide if they should leave it all behind and return home. More
  • Following the ups and downs of an inner city girls soccer team to reveal the obstacles that low-income students confront in their quest for higher education More
  • Native Hawaiian inmates shipped across the ocean to a private prison in the desert of Arizona practice hula as a means of rehabilitation. More
  • Examining China's three billion dollar investment in Afghanistan's untapped copper reserve and the resulting environmental and cultural destruction. More
  • A longtime sex advice columnist gains popularity against the backdrop of a ban on comprehensive sex-education in schools in several Indian states More
  • Tracing the impacts of the 1992 shooting death of William Ford, Jr., an unarmed African American, and the devastation of the Ford family when his killer goes unpunished. More
  • Why does the practice of hazing continue to serve as a meaningful and legitimate rite of passage, despite serious injuries, arrests, and tragic deaths? More
  • Examining the challenges faced by homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) teens living in New York City More
  • The collective history of immigration to the U.S. – faded and obscured over time – is made more personal and poignant through the power of story. More