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"

  • Only a Teacher looks at the evolution of the teaching profession and the tensions challenges and triumphs that teachers face in their classrooms More
  • Chronicling the stories of 15 people as they work to rebuild their lives after being released from prison More
  • Our Children at Risk explores how poverty will negatively impact healthy child development in the United States and what can be done to reverse the trend. More
  • Native Hawaiian inmates shipped across the ocean to a private prison in the desert of Arizona practice hula as a means of rehabilitation. More
  • This film is a story of victory, tragedy and hope. A testament to the courage of those who struggle to defend their human rights. More
  • An all-female, Bangladeshi unit of UN peacekeepers leaves their friends, families, and familiarity behind for deployment abroad in Haiti. More
  • Polio – the Last Word documents the progress seen in the 20th century toward the eradication of polio and what remains to be done in the 21st.  More
  • Tracking the lives of people suffering from mental illness over the course of three years as they search for sanity More
  • Public Housing documents the lives and challenges of the people living in Chicago’s Ida B. Wells public housing development. More
  • A mother and daughter reunite after being separated by civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After losing everything, they must both learn to forgive.  More