Listen back to IDFA 2017

A number of Doc Talks and Filmmaker Talks that were held during IDFA 2017, were recorded. You can listen to them here.

Doc Talk: Atman

Film journalist Nicolas Rapold speaks with Pirjo Honkasalo, who in addition to directing is also responsible for the impressive camerawork of Atman. For the documentary, her last 35mm work, she lugged heavy equipment around India for thousands of kilometers. She could only see what she had filmed after the fact. A conversation about filming documentaries in the pre-digital age.

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Doc Talk: Ghost Hunting

Director Raed Andoni enlists Palestinian former prisoners to first reconstruct the infamous Israeli prison that once held them, and then re-enact their own suppressed memories. After the screening, filmmaker Eyal Sivan interviews director Raed Andoni about his award-winning, poignant and confrontational film.

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Doc Talk: Depeche Mode 101

In the late 1980s, Depeche Mode invited D.A. Pennebaker and his wife Chris Hegedus to make a film about the band, using Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back as an example. Like that film, Depeche Mode: 101 is largely in the Direct Cinema style that characterizes Pennebaker’s work, and it’s much more than a concert recording. Eric Hynes talks with the legendary documentary duo about the film and shooting music documentaries in general.

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Doc Talk: Whores' Glory

Wolfgang Thaler only filmed 30 days for the three-part Whores’ Glory by Michael Glawogger. He captured the lives of prostitutes in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico, and not without putting his own life in danger. Eric Hynes talks with Thaler, Ulrich Seidl’s go-to cameraman, about his cinematic choices and his experiences during the shoot. They also discuss his long-lasting collaboration with Glawogger, who died in 2014 and with whom he also filmed Megacities and Workingman’s Death.

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Doc Talk: Amal

Joumana El Zein Khoury (Director at the Prins Claus Fund) discusses the opening film of IDFA with director Mohamed Siam.

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Doc Talk: Tokyo-Ga

Nicolas Rapold talks with cameraman Ed Lachman about Tokyo-Ga by Wim Wenders. Lachman, who has also worked with Werner Herzog, the Maysles brothers and Ulrich Seidl, discusses the specific cinematography of Tokyo-Ga and his collaboration with Wenders.

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Filmmaker Talk: ​Everardo González

Everardo González is one of the strongest voices in the documentary genre in Latin America today. In this Filmmaker Talk, he discusses his work, methods and views in a conversation moderated by David Wilson.

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Doc Talk: Le joli mai

After the screening of Chris Marker’s classic Le joli mai at IDFA 2017, Nicolas Rapold talks with cinematographer and co-director Pierre Lhomme. Lhomme, who worked as cameraman on several of Marker’s films, discusses their collaboration and the cinematography of this film.

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All About Amal

  • Mohamed Siam
  • 2017
  • 83 min

At age 14, Amal is already taking part in protests on Tahrir Square. In the years after, she searches for her identity in a country in transition.


  • Pirjo Honkasalo
  • 1996
  • 76 min

The pilgrimage of two Indian brothers to the source of the Ganges serves as a powerful portrait of religious India.

Depeche Mode 101

  • David Dawkins, Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
  • 1989
  • 117 min

The film follows British Electropop band Depeche Mode and a bus full of fans on tour across the U.S. to their 101st concert at the Rose Bowl.

Devil's Freedom

  • Everardo González
  • 2017
  • 74 min

Candid interviews with both victims and perpetrators create an impression of how systematic violence is devastating Mexican society.

Ghost Hunting

  • Raed Andoni
  • 2017
  • 94 min

In accurately reconstructed prison cells, Palestinian former prisoners re-enact their own suppressed memories. Poignant and confrontational.

Le joli mai

  • Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme
  • 1963
  • 146 min

At the end of the Algerian war of independence, Chris Marker asked Parisians to spontaneously give their opinions on a range of topics.


  • Wim Wenders
  • 1985
  • 92 min

In this rich film essay, Wim Wenders and cameraman Ed Lachman go to Tokyo in search of traces of the late, great director Yasujirō Ozu.

Whores' Glory

  • Michael Glawogger
  • 2011
  • 119 min

A trilogy in warm colors about the uncertain lives of prostitutes in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico.

Pierre Lhomme: Shooting From the Shoulder

  • Festival
  • November 20, 2017

Full focus on cinematography at IDFA

  • Festival
  • October 3, 2017

Camera in Focus

  • Festival
  • November 20, 2017

Amal: A Force of Nature

  • Festival
  • November 16, 2017

Report: Interview Mohamad Siam, director of Amal

  • Media
  • November 18, 2017

Up Close and Personal

  • Festival
  • November 22, 2017

Summer School report: 'I’m getting more out of this than they are'

  • Industry
  • July 10, 2017