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In the Tall Grass

In the Tall Grass explores universal themes of justice in post-conflict societies and the challenges countries like Rwanda face in attempting the transition from a violent past to peaceful future. Through the experiences of two neighbors ...

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The Sixth Section

This 30-minute documentary blends digital animation, home video, cinema verité and interview footage to depict the transnational organizing of a group of Mexican migrants in upstate New York. Filmmaker Alex Rivera documents their struggle to support ...

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Nobody Told Me

In 1997 less than 10% of Manley Career Academy's graduating class went to college. In 2003 the struggling high school on Chicago's poverty-scarred west side sent over 70% of its graduating seniors to colleges ...

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Farming the Seas

Aquaculture was supposed to take the pressure off ocean fish stocks and help avert a global food shortage, but many experts now believe that some forms of fish farming are actually creating more problems than they ...

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Race: The Power of an Illusion

The division of the world's peoples into distinct groups - "red," "black," "white" or "yellow" peoples - has became so deeply imbedded in our psyches, so widely accepted, many would promptly dismiss as crazy any suggestion of ...

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"The Spectre of Hope" Documentary Film

"The Spectre of Hope", directed by Paul Carlin, is a conversation between Brazilian photographer Sebastao Salgado and British art critic John Berger, as they examine Salgado’s photo collection “Migrations.” Read More

China in the Red

Shot over four years, from 1998 to 2001, China in the Red examines the changing values and expectations of ten individuals as they struggle to adapt to China’s economic reforms. In intimate portraits, the film ...

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In 2000, the shocking hate-based attempted murder of two Mexican day laborers in suburban Long Island brought national attention to the town of Farmingville, NY. Prospects for working with area contractors and landscapers had attracted more ...

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Liberia: America's Stepchild

Two hundred years after the first Africans were transported to America against their will, their descendants sailed back to the land of their ancestors. Soon, thousands of freeborn Blacks and former slaves settled on Africa's ...

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Hole in the Wall

A billion people live in India - some 350 million of them in extreme poverty. Yet India is also home to some of the world's most advanced high-technology firms, and New Delhi is Silicon Valley East ...

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Migration Documentary Films

MacArthur’s media grantmaking has supported the production of several documentary films on migration and immigration in the U.S. and around the world. Read More


Portrait of Elspeth A. Revere

Elspeth A. Revere

Vice President, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
Portrait of Kathy K. Im

Kathy K. Im

Director, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
Portrait of Lauren Pabst

Lauren Pabst

Program Officer

Susan M. Salaba

Program Administrator

Erica Twyman

Program Assistant