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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    • Ruslan Fedotow
    • Hungary, Belgium, Portugal
    • 2022
    • 28 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

      A heartbreaking portrait of two 16-year-old Ukrainian refugees in Budapest. They help out at a school for refugee children and make protest art on the streets—triggering political discussions among the Hungarian passersby.

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      Blood Brothers

      • Marco Espírito Santo, Miguel Coimbra
      • Portugal
      • 2015
      • 6 min
      • Paradocs

        An exhilarating soundtrack accompanies Portuguese bullfighters as they return to the arena for the first time since the death of their leader.

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        Budapest Silo

        • Zsófia Paczolay
        • Netherlands, Hungary, Portugal, Belgium
        • 2022
        • 25 min
        • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

          A powerfully visual film, with stunning cinematography, about a worker at an old grain silo in Budapest. His work is like that of a scuba diver: each day he is lowered into the 25-meters-deep silos, where he performs a dazzling dance.

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          Cat's Cradle

          • Filipa Reis, João Miller Guerra
          • Portugal
          • 2012
          • 57 min
          • Panorama, IDFA DOC U Competition

            Joana became a single mother very young. In naturalistically filmed scenes, we see that she still has a very playful character.

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            Cesária Évora

            • Ana Sofia Fonseca
            • Portugal
            • 2022
            • 95 min
            • Best of Fests

              An affectionate portrait of this Cape Verdean singer with a deep, melancholic voice, using archived footage, live recordings, and interviews to capture the life of a woman who never betrayed her humble origins and always held on to her independence.

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              Chelas nha Kau

              • Bataclan 1950, Bagabaga Studios
              • Portugal
              • 2020
              • 57 min
              • Focus: unConscious Bias

                The Portuguese rappers Bataclan 1950 use film and music to focus on racism and solidarity. Much of the time it’s the young music makers themselves behind the camera, making an honest portrait of life in the Chelas neighborhood in Lisbon.

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                The City of the Dead

                • Sergio Tréfaut
                • Egypt, Portugal
                • 2009
                • 62 min
                • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

                  The City of the Dead is een reusachtige begraafplaats waar tussen grafzerken en mausoleums een miljoen mensen lief en leed deelt.

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                  A Country in a Corner

                  • Neema Ngelime
                  • Belgium, Hungary, Portugal, Tanzania
                  • 2021
                  • 16 min
                  • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

                    A visit to Matonge, the African quarter in Brussels, evokes mixed feelings for filmmaker Neema Ngelime. She would like to be part of the community, but at the same time struggles with its stifling morality.

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                    Dry Ground Burning

                    • Adirley Queirós, Joana Pimenta
                    • Brazil, Portugal
                    • 2022
                    • 153 min
                    • Masters

                      Oil is rebellion in a sprawling favela on the outskirts of Brasilia. A group of self-assured women illegally tap it and sell gasoline through a motorcycle gang. This is the heart of a broad panorama of a Brazil we rarely see.

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                      Dusk

                      • Bálint Bíró
                      • Hungary, Belgium, Portugal
                      • 2020
                      • 21 min
                      • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

                        An ominous documentary viewing a global theme from the perspective of a small Hungarian community. A “landguard” and his son go on patrol in the border area near Serbia, where an invisible danger looms.

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