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Out of State

Out of State follows native Hawaiian inmates who are sent to a private prison in Arizona. The film also follows the experiences of their families back home in Hawaii, thousands of miles away. In response to ...

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Saving Mes Aynak

Saving Mes Aynak follows a team of international archaeologists racing to excavate the ancient Afghan city of Mes Aynak before a Chinese mining company destroys it to create an open-pit copper mine. The film documents the ...

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The Arrivals

The Arrivals tells the story of two Latino men who migrated to the U.S. both for economic opportunity and to live openly as a gay couple. They operate a successful business but remain undocumented, with ...

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The Big Battle

Young activists, new voters, evangelical Christians change the face of the fight for comprehensive immigration reform in The Big Battle. The film is the capstone to Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini’s How Democracy Works Now ...

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The Schools Project

The Schools Project documents the 2013 closing of 47 Chicago public elementary schools and how these closings are a microcosm of the fight for public education in America. The project is a collaboration between Media Process ...

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Voting Wars

Voting Wars weaves footage from recent elections with interviews from across the political spectrum, examining challenges facing voting systems in the United States. The film takes an in-depth look at the politics around voting since 2000 ...

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Wounds We Carry

Wounds We Carry follows the journey of a group of Cambodian Americans as they travel back to Cambodia to observe the trials of former Khmer Rouge leaders, tell their stories before the Cambodian Tribunal, and seek ...

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"David Fanning"

The Colbert Report
Related Grantee: WGBH Educational Foundation Frontline
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Teens learning radio skills in #Chicago police program to improve community relations, story via @WBEZ

RT @sundancefest: Program Alert: Meet the talented filmmakers & films that make up the Competition & NEXT sections at #Sundance 2014: http:…

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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