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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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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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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