Filmmaker, eco-activist and IATP Food and Community Fellow Shalini Kantayya has been chosen for this year’s prestigious MacArthur Foundation documentary film grant of $125,000. Her documentary, “Solarize This,” examines the human side of the green economy by focusing on three unemployed Americans in a solar jobs training program in Richmond, California.
Kantayya's work as an IATP Food and Community Fellows focused on the world water crisis and it's connections to global food security. She most recently directed and produced a series of short videos on Food Justice from the Ground Up.
The MacArthur Foundation, a supporter of independently produced film and video for more than 30 years, announced 13 grants totaling more than $1.6 million for documentary film projects. The documentaries address a range of important issues, including justice reform, global conservation and immigration.