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This Far by Faith

In six hours of dramatic storytelling, This Far by Faith examines the African-American religious experience through the last three centuries. From the arrival of the early enslaved Africans through the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the ...

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Reconstruction shows how, in just a few years, a series of stunning events -- the Emancipation Proclamation, the Fourteenth Amendment granting ex-slaves citizenship in 1868, the enfranchisement of blacks the following year -- reversed centuries-old patterns of race ...

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School: The American Public Education

School: The American Public Education is a dramatic four-hour documentary series that chronicles the development of our nation’s public education system from Colonial times to the 21st century. Narrated by Academy Award winner Meryl Streep ...

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Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey

Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey represents the first time an in-depth documentary film has been produced on the life and legacy of this American legend. An African-American, who overcame racial prejudice and poverty to become Undersecretary ...

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"Well-Founded Fear" Documentary Film

"Well-Founded Fear", directed by Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini, is an inside look at the byzantine asylum process that people must navigate in order to claim refugee status to remain in the United States. Read More

Stranger with a Camera

During the 1960’s, filmmakers from around the world came to Appalachia to document the dire conditions of the region’s poorest residents. But the use of the striking images of poverty also raised questions about ...

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A Closer Walk

A Closer Walk is the first film to depict humankind's confrontation with the global AIDS epidemic. Subjects and story lines encompass the broad spectrum of the global AIDS experience and include people with HIV/AIDS ...

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Senior Year

During the 1999/2000 school year, six young filmmakers followed 15 teens through their last year at Fairfax High, a school at the epicenter of the explosion of diversity reshaping L.A. and the country. The ...

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Well-Founded Fear

Well-Founded Fear is a feature documentary film that examines what goes on behind the electronic doors of the asylum office, the dramatic real-life stage where American ideals about human rights collide with the nearly impossible task ...

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Faith, Hope, and Capital

Faith, Hope, and Capital is the story of activists who build wealth instruggling communities using credit rather than charity. Despite a booming economy, millions of Americans are still considered "unbankable" by conventional lending institutions. Obtaining a ...

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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