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"

  • Four young people in the "Untouchables" caste in India are the first to be educated from pre-school through college. More
  • This Emmy Award-winning documentary from PBS explores the conflict that resulted in Mexico surrendering nearly half of its territory to the growing United States. More
  • Follow filmmakers behind the scenes into The Waiting Room, a documentary on the challenges facing hospitals that care for large groups of uninsured patients. More
  • War criminal and former Yugoslav leader Radovan Karadzic was indicted by the War Crimes Tribunal in 1995 but eluded capture. Most Wanted Man takes a look at the hunt. More
  • This character-driven documentary reveals how water is the catalyst for explosive community resistance to globalization. More
  • This Far by Faith examines the centuries-long connection between faith and the development of African-American cultural values. More
  • Exploring efforts of a suburban high school to address racial equity and academic achievement More
  • To Our Credit examines an emerging trend in finance: small loans made to low-income individuals to help generate self-employment. More
  • Exposing the criminal underground that allows American companies to profit from workers held as modern day slaves in the U.S. More
  • A look at the impact of Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws in the southern U.S., and their disproportionate effect on women living in poverty. 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