MacArthur Foundation Awards $2 Million in Documentary Film Grants

MacArthur Foundation Awards $2 Million in Documentary Film Grants

The has announced grants totaling $2 million in support of eighteen documentary film projects.

Selected from nearly five hundred proposals, the projects receiving grants include , which examines the impact of the 2013 trial, on charges of genocide, of former Guatemalan president General Efraín Ríos Montt ($225,000); , about Bolivia's "love affair" with the drug ($50,000); , which follows a group of formerly incarcerated but exonerated men who start a detective agency to overturn wrongful convictions ($150,000); , a multi-platform project that explores the interconnectedness of U.S. immigrants, past and present ($50,000); , an interactive Web platform that enables youth around the globe to map their communities' assets and challenges and create media to catalyze positive change ($100,000); and , which highlights the lack of accessible reproductive health care for low-income and African-American women in the South ($125,000).

"MacArthur's media grantmaking supports work that combines exceptional storytelling with high quality journalism about under-reported but important social issues," said MacArthur Foundation president Robert Gallucci. "This year's documentaries illuminate serious issues in approachable, creative, and engaging ways, including two multi-platform projects that will be interactive and encourage audiences to share their own stories."

"." John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Press Release 01/15/2014.