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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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Good Kurds, Bad Kurds

A war of national liberation or war against terrorism? Filmmaker and acclaimed freelance journalist Kevin McKiernan poses this question at the outset of this stirring, provocative film shot in part by legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler. It ...

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For four generations, the Collins family was trapped in urban poverty, depending upon welfare and living in one of the oldest and most dangerous public housing projects in America-Chicago's Henry Horner Homes. Yet, unlike tens ...

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On Hostile Ground

A small number of healthcare professionals in this country have become targets in a civil war. They receive little public support for their work and face dedicated and unpredictable opponents. Their ranks are shrinking. On Hostile ...

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Long Night's Journey into Day

Long Night’s Journey Into Day takes viewers to the hearings where murderers meet the surviving family members of their victims in four cases: The Amy Biehl Story, The Cradock 4, the Magoo’s Bar Bombing ...

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Test of Courage: The Making of a Firefighter

Test of Courage: The Making of a Firefighter, is a behind-the-scenes look at the trials and triumphs of a group of young men and women competing to become firefighters. Filmed over the course of three years ...

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The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It

The Good War And Those Who Refused To Fight It sheds light on a previously ignored part of the World War II saga - the story of American conscientious objectors who refused to fight "the good war ...

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An American Love Story

An American Love Story is the story of Bill Sims and Karen Wilson -- a black man and white woman who have struggled for 30 years against the racial stereotypes and societal prejudices that have tried -- sometimes ...

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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