Documentaries

    Explore all films and interactive documentaries that have been shown at IDFA over the years. Many are available to watch online (by using the filter Watch Online), some for free! We're working hard to keep the selection as broad and accessible as possible, but unfortunately, some titles are available to stream within the Netherlands only.

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    A Day Under The Sun

    • Vlado Zrnic
    • Croatia
    • 2000
    • 76 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, Jan Vrijman Fund
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      A Dedicated Life

      • Kazuo Hara
      • Japan
      • 1994
      • 157 min
      • Top 10

        Mixed documentary-fictional portrait of the Japanese writer Mitsuharu Inoue (1925-1992).

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        A Far Cry

        • Stephen Peet
        • England
        • 1959
        • 40 min

          In 1958, the 'Save the Children Fund' asked Stephen Peet to make a film about the Fund's work in South Korea, some years after the Korean War had ended. The purpose of the film was to raise funds. In order to keep the expenses as low as possible, Peet left for Korea alone with his Bolex camera and a few reels of black-and-white film, and worked with an interpreter there. He was shocked and angry because of what he saw in South Korea, particularly the bad living conditions of the people. He wanted to convey those emotions in his film. He filmed for two months in and around the city of Pusan.

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          A Is for Autism

          • Tim Webb
          • England
          • 1992
          • 11 min
          • Animation Docs

            An animated collage of drawings, live-action sequences and voice-overs which offer insight into different aspects and forms of autism. A rare glimpse at the very private and personal worlds of autistic children and adults.

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            A Man With HIV

            • Tong Li
            • China
            • 1999
            • 49 min
            • China Transit

              After volunteering as a blood donor, the HIV virus is found in 31-year-old Li Ziliang. He is immediately fired by his boss for fear of infection. Every time he walks on the street, he is surrounded by groups of people that stare at him. ‘One touch and you’re finished’, one of them thinks. ‘People with AIDS should be cursed. Only immoral people get AIDS’, another one comments. Nobody wants to sell anything to Li, because they do not want to touch the money that has passed through his hands. Only in distant Beijing can he walk around undisturbed. His wife is at her wit’s end, too, because she also lost all her friends. One day, she gets on her bicycle and never returns. She leaves Li behind with three children, who will not find anyone to take care of them after he has passed away.

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              A Moment

              • Klaus Kjeldsen
              • Denmark
              • 1999
              • 5 min
              • Kids & Docs

                Children talk about the notion of time. For how long does one moment exactly last?

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                A Movie

                • Bruce Conner
                • United States
                • 1958
                • 12 min
                • Top 10

                  A seductive and jarring film montage from 1958 that still manages to enthral many a film student and Internet discussion group.

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                  A Show

                  • Ze Frank
                  • United States
                  • 2012
                  • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

                    Three times a week, Internet pioneer Ze Frank humorously deals the world  while creating wonderful collaborative artworks with his Internet audience.

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                    A Strange Message From Another Star

                    • Veli Granö
                    • Finland
                    • 1998
                    • 30 min
                    • Reflecting Images

                      Associative portrait of the 69-year-old Paavo Rahkonen, one of the designers of the Space Shuttle.

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                      A Thousand Cuts

                      • Ramona Diaz
                      • United States
                      • 2020
                      • 98 min
                      • Frontlight

                        A vivid portrait of intrepid journalist and CEO Maria Ressa. Despite slander and threats, she continues to deploy her steely yet modest personality in the fight against the populist Filipino leader Duterte.

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