Documentary Films

Since the mid-1980s, MacArthur has supported more than 300 films that combine exceptional storytelling with in-depth journalism. These films are often used in educational, community, and policymaking settings to spark conversations and activities that contribute to social and policy change.

Now showing "documentary films from 2016"

  • Exploring the role of whiteness in the American racial paradigm More
  • Tracking the lives of people suffering from mental illness over the course of three years as they search for sanity More
  • Following the Oakland, California Police Department as it works to build trust within the community More
  • Following the struggles and triumphs of two Syrian families living in a Jordanian refugee camp as they contemplate an uncertain future More
  • A series of short films that will serve as a catalyst for dialogue on the deep racial tension and polarization that exist in U.S. communities More
  • Showing the daily struggles and inner lives of students and teachers at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, during the closing years of America’s longest war More
  • Exposing the criminal underground that allows American companies to profit from workers held as modern day slaves in the U.S. More
  • Exploring efforts of a suburban high school to address racial equity and academic achievement More
  • Presenting personal and community context to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, through the eyes of a local filmmaker  More
  • Inspired by the stories of her ancestors, a young mother fights to protect her homeland. More
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MacArthur Awards 19 Documentary Film Grants

The new grants represent MacArthur’s largest single year investment in documentaries, and they bring the total number of documentary films supported by the Foundation since 1985 to more than 300. Read More