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"

  • A group of Cambodian American survivors of the Killing Fields return to Cambodia after thirty‐five years in search of justice at the Khmer Rouge Tribunals. More
  • Following California’s pioneering efforts to mitigate climate change and alleviate poverty through an ambitious carbon agreement with Chiapas, Mexico and Acre, Brazil. More
  • What will it take for Congress to modernize U.S. immigration policy amid a complex and divided popular will? More
  • There's a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by three exonerated men, on a mission to free innocent people still behind bars. More
  • An all-female, Bangladeshi unit of UN peacekeepers leaves their friends, families, and familiarity behind for deployment abroad in Haiti. More
  • From inside a Bolivian prison, a cocaine-worker, a drug-mule and his sister reveal the country’s relationship with cocaine. More
  • A look at the impact of Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws in the southern U.S., and their disproportionate effect on women living in poverty. More
  • Examining the critical issue of public school closings in Chicago by documenting the effects of this policy on parents, children, teachers and the city itself More
  • Youth from around the world harness the power of technology and data to make real change in their own communities – and share their stories.  More
  • Exposing the cracks in the elder care system from the point of view of overworked, underpaid home caregivers and that of elderly clients and their families More