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"

  • 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
  • Street Soldiers follows the progress of three young men as they try to extricate themselves from the gang world that dominates their neighborhood. More
  • Tracing the impacts of the 1992 shooting death of William Ford, Jr., an unarmed African American, and the devastation of the Ford family when his killer goes unpunished. More
  • Presenting personal and community context to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, through the eyes of a local filmmaker  More
  • Terra Incognita examines the stakes involved in stem cell research. More
  • This film explores the exhaustive process that Americans from all walks of life must get through in order to earn a spot in Oakland’s fire department. More
  • The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords examines the rich history of African-American newspapers in the United States. More
  • The Civil War is a nine-part TV miniseries directed and produced by Ken Burns that examines the causes, actions, and results of the bloody conflict. More
  • A series of short films that will serve as a catalyst for dialogue on the deep racial tension and polarization that exist in U.S. communities More
  • Four friends in four stages of incarceration struggle to reenter society and confront their future in the old neighborhood.  More