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"

  • American Promise begins in 1999 and follows two African-American boys through their 12 year journey at one of Manhattan’s most prestious prep schools. More
  • American Sons takes a comprehensive look at how racism shapes the lives of Asian American men, challenging commonly held conceptions and stereotypes. More
  • An examination of the U.S. poverty programs created during the 1960s. More
  • An American Love Story features the Wilson-Sims family and follows them for a year and a half, chronicling their lives as a biracial couple. More
  • Ancestors in America seeks to uncover the history of Asian immigrants in the Americas in a three part series, stretching back to the days before the Revolutionary War. More
  • Showing the daily struggles and inner lives of students and teachers at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, during the closing years of America’s longest war More
  • Looks at the state of women's human rights in Ethiopia, Latvia, Jamaica and Fiji. More
  • Two successful business owners, facing no visible path to legal immigration status, must decide if they should leave it all behind and return home. More
  • As Goes Janesville follows the political and economic upheaval in Wisconsin as factories shut down and politicians leave workers behind. More
  • A longtime sex advice columnist gains popularity against the backdrop of a ban on comprehensive sex-education in schools in several Indian states 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