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"

  • This film looks at the history of Cuban and Haitian exiles living in the United States and how their presence has influenced the communities they become a part of. More
  • Bombies digs deep into the United States’ secret bombing campaign in Laos starting in 1962, the after-effects of which are still felt today.  More
  • The CADILLAC DESERT series' fourth and final episode, Last Oasis, offers an eye-opening report on the ways in which water use affects people's daily lives. 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
  • 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
  • Casting the First Stone examines multiple aspects of the abortion controversy in a small Pennsylvania town. More
  • Charismatic obstetrician and cowboy Dr. Bert Johnson explores the dramatic evolution of medical technology over the past 50 years. More
  • Caught in the Crossfire explores the new challenges faced by Arab Americans in post-9/11 New York City. More
  • Chronicling lithium extraction in Bolivia and a recent series of uprisings over control of the country’s natural resource wealth More
  • Chasing the Sun explores how a green economy may be built, using stories of three unemployed Americans at a solar jobs training program. More