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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    Ahmad's Hair

    • Susan Koenen
    • Netherlands
    • 2016
    • 16 min
    • Groep 6,7,8
    • IDFA School Program

      Syrian refugee Ahmad (12) is busy trying to make Dutch friends. It turns out he's also on a personal, heart-warming mission.

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      All of Me

      • Susan Koenen
      • Netherlands
      • 2012
      • 15 min
      • Kids & Docs

        Diede and Emma share everything with each other. Everything? Well, almost everything. Because Diede has a secret: she's clairvoyant.

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        Am I Dreaming of Others, or Are Others Dreaming of Me?

        • Shigeo Arikawa
        • Japan, Netherlands
        • 2014
        • 11 min
        • Paradocs: Amsterdam Art Weekend at IDFA

          This surreal dream simulation is simultaneously familiar and discomfiting as it lets go of the linear time frame and sidelines language.

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          Among Horses and Men

          • Marjoleine Boonstra
          • Netherlands
          • 2010
          • 78 min
          • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

            American convicts in the final phase of lengthy prison sentences. Before returning to society, they must train wild horses.

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            Anna's Story

            • Nienke Eijsink
            • Netherlands
            • 2009
            • 15 min
            • Kids & Docs

              Anna is a teenager who copes with the loss of her mother by emulating pop idol Britney Spears, who does everything Anna wouldn't do herself.

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              Are You Listening!

              • Kamar Ahmad Simon
              • Bangladesh
              • 2012
              • 90 min
              • Panorama

                A gorgeously shot observational documentary in which a young Bengali family contemplates their future in a region plagued by cyclones and floods.

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                Artificial Things

                • Sophie Fiennes
                • United Kingdom
                • 2018
                • 26 min
                • Masters

                  A dance film set in stark, deserted offices. Some of the dancers have a disability. Exhilarating, energetic and moving.

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                  Askoo

                  • Mohammad Ali Hashemzehi
                  • Iran
                  • 2011
                  • 25 min
                  • Panorama

                    In the scorching desert of Balochistan, where only the wind drowns out the sluggish roaring of the dromedaries, shepherd Kannar contemplates his love-hate relationship with his favorite dromedary. 

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                    Astronaut.io

                    • Andrew Wong, James Thompson
                    • United States
                    • 2016
                    • DocLab: Uncharted Rituals, DocLab Program

                      A funny, moving and confrontational interactive collage of snapshots from thousands of YouTube films that are rarely or never viewed.

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                      Awkward Family Photos

                      • Mike Bender, Doug Chernack
                      • United States
                      • 2009
                      • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

                        Visitors share their awkward family photos with one another and the world: clumsy photos of gawky people in embarrassing situations.

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