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"

  • Exploring America’s widening income gap and its impact on the middle class More
  • What will it take for Congress to modernize U.S. immigration policy amid a complex and divided popular will? More
  • This film looks at the history of Cuban and Haitian exiles living in the United States and how their presence has influenced the communities they become a part of. More
  • Bombies digs deep into the United States’ secret bombing campaign in Laos starting in 1962, the after-effects of which are still felt today.  More
  • The CADILLAC DESERT series' fourth and final episode, Last Oasis, offers an eye-opening report on the ways in which water use affects people's daily lives. More
  • Following California’s pioneering efforts to mitigate climate change and alleviate poverty through an ambitious carbon agreement with Chiapas, Mexico and Acre, Brazil. More
  • Exposing the cracks in the elder care system from the point of view of overworked, underpaid home caregivers and that of elderly clients and their families More
  • Casting the First Stone examines multiple aspects of the abortion controversy in a small Pennsylvania town. More
  • Catching the Sun explores how a green economy may be built, using stories of three unemployed Americans at a solar jobs training program. More
  • Charismatic obstetrician and cowboy Dr. Bert Johnson explores the dramatic evolution of medical technology over the past 50 years. 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