MacArthur supports the production and distribution of news and documentary programs for television, radio, and the web that help inform the American public about important domestic and international current affairs and policy issues. Read our strategy

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Polio - The Last Word

Thirty-five years ago, an intensive program of vaccination virtually eliminated polio from the developed world, but in the poorer countries the disease still claims 400,000 victims every year. It's an unacceptable state of affairs ...

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Mi Puerto Rico

This wide-ranging and much-honored documentary explores Puerto Rico's rich cultural traditions and untold history, revealing the remarkable stories of its revolutionaries and abolitionists, poets and patriots -- all of whose struggles for national identity unfold within ...

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In Search of Law and Order: Reclaiming America's Kids

In the ten years between 1984 and 1994, the number of juvenile homicide offenders in America tripled. While crime rates in America have begun to drop, teen-on-teen violence, especially in poor, urban neighborhoods, is still out ...

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Under the Blue Flag

In 1995, the 50th anniversary of the United Nations received broad coverage in the media and held the attention of those active in global education. To mark the occasion, the One World Group of Broadcasters, the ...

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Hoop Dreams

First exhibited at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Kartemquin's Hoop Dreams is the remarkable true story of two American dreamers; an intimate reflection of contemporary American ...

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American Sons

American Sons is a provocative examination of how racism shapes the lives of Asian American men. A simple, but compelling performance piece featuring four of the country's finest Asian American actors: Yuji Okumoto (True Believer ...

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The Great Depression

The Great Depression, an unprecedented seven hour public television series, tells the untold story of how Americans responded to the greatest crisis to confront them in this century.

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Three Korean women, Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, Christine Choy and Elaine Kim started making the film Sa-I-Gu just three months after the uprising in Los Angeles. They interview interview several Korean women shopkeepers and use newsreel footage ...

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Simple Justice

Based closely on Richard Kluger's book of the same name, Simple Justice recounts the remarkable legal strategy and social struggle that resulted in the US Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of ...

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Out of the Silence: The Fight for Human Rights

The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, introduced in the aftermath of World War II, was intended to enshrine a common understanding of human rights that states agreed to protect. In the 40 years since, it ...

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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