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"

  • High Tech, Low Life is about two of the first citizen-journalists in China, working to report on social issues and navigate their country’s censorship regulations. More
  • An Indian scientist embeds a high-speed computer in a wall bordering a slum, turns it on, and watches what happens as children flock to it. More
  • Hoop Dreams follows the stories of two inner city Chicago boys whose biggest aspiration is to play in the NBA.  More
  • How Democracy Works Now explores the inner workings of Capitol Hill during the fight for immigration reform from 2001 - 2007.  More
  • If You Build It spends a year in the life of one of America's most innovative design-based classrooms.  More
  • I Learn America is a feature-length documentary that follows immigrant high school students in Brooklyn growing up and adjusting to life in America all at the same time. More
  • The collective history of immigration to the U.S. – faded and obscured over time – is made more personal and poignant through the power of story. More
  • This film goes inside modern Native American communities to reveal a diverse people working to revitalize their culture while improving the health of their people. More
  • Questioning safety standards overseen by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in light of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi disaster while observing the daily operations at an aging New York nuclear power plant More
  • This documentary looks at the state of juvenile justice in the country, with a special focus on how to stem the tide of teenage homicide offenders. More
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