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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    Aleppo: The Silence of the War

    • Amir Osanlou
    • Iran
    • 2018
    • 30 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

      Powerful images of devastation in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The sounds of war have fallen quiet, and all that remains is a terrifying silence.

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      Ali Aqa

      • Kamran Heidari
      • Iran, Switzerland
      • 2017
      • 81 min
      • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

        A dynamic portrait of a recalcitrant 70-year-old pigeon enthusiast who escapes the reality of old age by caring for his birds.

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        All My Mothers

        • Ebrahim Saeedi, Abass Ghazali
        • Iraq, Iran
        • 2009
        • 60 min
        • Panorama
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          All Restrictions End

          • Reza Haeri
          • Iran
          • 2009
          • 30 min
          • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

            With clothing as the leitmotif, this film essay provides the history of Iran in a fast montage of images and sound bites.

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            Alone in Tehran

            • Pirooz Kalantari
            • Iran
            • 1999
            • 25 min
            • Focus Iran

              Portrait of the 24-year-old Behnaz Jafary, a student living by herself in Tehran.

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              And Along Came a Spider

              • Maziar Bahari
              • Iran
              • 2002
              • 52 min
              • Retrospective: Maziar Bahari

                Director Maziar Bahari interviews the 39-year-old serial killer Saeed Hanaei, who murdered 16 prostitutes in the Iranian city of Mashad.

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                And Life Goes On

                • Abbas Kiarostami
                • Iran
                • 1992
                • 91 min
                • Top 10

                  Set in the aftermath of the 1991 earthquake in Iran, this road movie is a testament to perseverance and the will to survive.

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                  Anticlockwise

                  • Jalal Vafaei
                  • Iran
                  • 2019
                  • 49 min
                  • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

                    A candid self-portrait of a politically engaged Iranian family, showing how drastically their world has changed. The father was once on the side of the Islamic revolution, but has since become a reformist.

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                    Art of Demolition

                    • Maziar Bahari
                    • Iran
                    • 1998
                    • 22 min
                    • Focus Iran

                      A group of artists turn a building in Teheran that is due for demolition into an art gallery.

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                      The Art of Living in Danger

                      • Mina Keshavarz
                      • Iran, Germany
                      • 2020
                      • 87 min
                      • Best of Fests

                        Iranian women have lived in fear for decades, with no legal protection against domestic violence. Filmmaker Mina Keshavarz follows a group of activists fighting for change, intertwined with the story of her own family.

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