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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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Matters of Race

Ten years ago, Siler City, North Carolina, was a black and white town of segregated communities with a shared geography and an unsettled history. This quiet, rural southern town is a "laboratory" for the national transformation ...

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Caught in the Crossfire

Before September 11, New York’s Arab population was an immigrant group making its way like any other: politically diverse; assimilated and separatist; Muslim, Christian, and fundamentalist; wealthy and working class; struggling and successful. But when ...

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Senorita Extraviada

Señorita Extraviada (Missing Young Woman), a documentary by Lourdes Portillo, unfolds like the unsolved mystery that it examines—the kidnapping, rape and murder of over 350 young women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Visually poetic ...

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DEADLOCK: Russia's Forgotten War

One side says it is fighting against terrorism, the other side says it is fighting for independence. And all the while, bodies line the street amid the rubble of war. No, this is not the Middle ...

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The New Americans

This 7-part series follows four years in the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants and refugees as they journey to start new lives in America. Two Los Angeles Dodgers prospects from the Dominican Republic ...

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The Spectre of Hope

In The Spectre of Hope, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado joins photography critic John Berger to pore over Salgado’s photography collection “Migrations.” Six years and 43 countries in the making (across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe ...

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Ancestors in the Americas

Ancestors in the Americas is the first in-depth television series to present the untold history and contemporary legacy of early Asian immigrants to the Americas, from the 1700s to the 1900s. Creating first-person voices through an ...

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In the last three decades more than 12,000 people, many of them children, have been killed or injured by bombies or other unexploded ordnance (weapons). With an estimated 90 million cluster bombs dropped on Laos ...

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"Senorita Extraviada" (Missing Young Woman) Documentary Film

"Senorita Extraviada", directed by Lourdes Portillo, is an in-depth examination of the murders of women in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and the forces that have allowed this violence to continue. Read More
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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