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 "All Documentary Films"

  • Following the repercussions of the 2012 shooting death of unarmed African American teen Jordan Davis and the consequences of Florida’s Stand Your Ground laws More
  • The first trial in the Americas to judge the genocide of indigenous people polarizes a nation and has the potential to re-write history.  More
  • A Closer Walk was the first film to exhaustively document the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and the impact it has had around the world. More
  • A PBS documentary that vividly chronicles the life of Adlai E. Stevenson, the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States in 1952 and 1956. More
  • Africans in America examines how a history of co-existing freedom and slavery has shaped current views about race. More
  • Following the struggles and triumphs of two Syrian families living in a Jordanian refugee camp as they contemplate an uncertain future More
  • At California’s infamous Soledad prison, A Kind of Order profiles inmates and staff struggling to break from the stark reality of America’s “locked down” racial order. More
  • In the face of incredibly challenging odds for African-American boys and men, two boys from Chicago graduate high school and make it to college. More
  • American Arab seeks to illuminate the lives and challenges faced by Arab-Americans in a hyper-sensitive post-9/11 world. More
  • Exploring the underreported issue of the U.S. government's deportation of American veterans 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