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"

  • Collecting and producing stories about the immediate and long-term impacts of Hurricane Sandy More
  • Examining China's three billion dollar investment in Afghanistan's untapped copper reserve and the resulting environmental and cultural destruction. More
  • Examining the critical issue of public school closings in Chicago by documenting the effects of this policy on parents, children, teachers and the city itself More
  • Narrated by Meryl Streep, School investigates the long history of American public education, stretching back to the colonial era. More
  • Secrecy examines the shadow world of American secret law. What is it? And is it a good thing for American security? What about American values? More
  • Seeking Refuge is a documentary about torture survivors and the professionals who help them to heal and start new lives. More
  • Watch the lives of 15 teens at Los Angeles’ diverse Fairfax High unfold through their senior year as they prepare to graduate with the Class of 2000. More
  • Señorita Extraviada investigates the brutal rapes and murders that have occurred with apparent impunity in Juárez, Mexico since the early 1990s. More
  • This episode of The American Experience tells the story of Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP's effort to integrate public schools in the south. More
  • Stranger with a Camera revisits the tragic murder of a Canadian filmmaker in Appalachia as a way to examine the tensions between media and community. 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