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 "All Documentary Films"

  • Follow filmmakers behind the scenes into The Waiting Room, a documentary on the challenges facing hospitals that care for large groups of uninsured patients. More
  • War criminal and former Yugoslav leader Radovan Karadzic was indicted by the War Crimes Tribunal in 1995 but eluded capture. Most Wanted Man takes a look at the hunt. More
  • This character-driven documentary reveals how water is the catalyst for explosive community resistance to globalization. More
  • This Far by Faith examines the centuries-long connection between faith and the development of African-American cultural values. More
  • To Our Credit examines an emerging trend in finance: small loans made to low-income individuals to help generate self-employment. 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
  • A four part series that examines the role of the UN. More
  • Unnatural Causes tackles the root causes of the alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health in the United States.  More
  • A group of forensic anthropology investigators from Latin America challenge the official story of repressive and violent regimes in countries across the globe More
  • PBS takes the viewer behind the scenes in 1996 elections around the country, covering some of the more unusual tactics and aspects of local politics. More