Documentary Films

MacArthur's journalism and media grantmaking supports the production of social-issue documentary films on important contemporary topics, intended for a broad audience. Over the last 30 years, the Foundation has supported over 200 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"

  • The Reckoning follows International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo around the world on a quest for justice. More
  • The Sixth Section tells the story of Mexican-American immigrants and their organization, Grupo Unión, which aims to rebuild the towns in Mexico that they left behind. More
  • Spectre of Hope revisits Sebastião Salgado's photographic work from around the world in consultation with the photographer himself and art critic John Berger. More
  • The State of Arizona chronicles the state’s most turbulent year in recent memory, 2010, which saw the passage of strict immigration legislation and a tragic shooting. More
  • The Supreme Price shares Hafsat Abiola’s story as she works to foster the pro-democracy legacy her parents died for in Nigeria.  More
  • This three-part PBS documentary shares the natural history of trees and the challenges they will face as climate change progresses. More
  • The Undocumented explores the lives and deaths that hang in the balance of mid-summer unauthorized border crossings in Arizona’s Sonora Desert. More
  • 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