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"

  • In this two part series, filmmakers look at the expanding influence of money and media on American politics…and what that means for the American public. More
  • 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
  • Four friends seek a college education, after the state of Georgia bans undocumented students from its top universities 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
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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