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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    Acasă, My Home

    • Radu Ciorniciuc
    • Romania, Germany, Finland
    • 2020
    • 86 min
    • Best of Fests

      A filmic portrait of a large Romanian family going though turbulent times. After 20 years of living in nature near Bucharest, they must return to modern, urban society—and all its problems.

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      Agence

      • Pietro Gagliano
      • Canada
      • 2020
      • 10 min
      • do not touch, IDFA DocLab Spotlight

        Play God in a universe populated by intelligent machines. You can nurture their peaceful coexistence or plunge them into chaos and conflict. The story of evolution in this VR game is never the same twice.

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        All Kinds of Limbo, XR Broadcast

        • Toby Coffey
        • United Kingdom
        • 2020
        • 15 min
        • do {not} touch, IDFA DocLab Spotlight

          An intimate musical journey using immersive techniques to celebrate live performance, drawing inspiration from the Caribbean influence on British music through genres such as reggae, grime, and calypso.

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          Anna

          • Alberto Grifi, Massimo Sarchielli
          • Italy
          • 1975
          • 225 min
          • Top 10

            Two filmmakers take in the homeless, heavily pregnant 16-year-old Anna. This cinéma vérité classic is not only a depiction of the deeply divided Italy of the 1970s, but also a fascinating portrait of the dynamics between filmmaker and subject.

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            Anny

            • Helena Třeštíková
            • Czech Republic
            • 2020
            • 67 min
            • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

              For sixteen years Czech film veteran Helena Třeštíková followed Anny, who at the age of 46 took up sex work alongside her job as a restroom attendant. Always a smile, always a cigarette. In just one hour, we watch her life slip by.

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              Arica

              • Lars Edman, William Johansson Kalén
              • Sweden, Chile, Belgium, Norway, United Kingdom
              • 2020
              • 97 min
              • Frontlight

                After the Swedish company Boliden dumped toxic waste in the Chilean desert town of Arica in 1984, thousands of local residents fell ill. In this sequel to Toxic Playground (2009), the filmmakers follow the lawsuit against the mining company.

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                The Ark

                • Dan Wei
                • China
                • 2020
                • 101 min
                • Luminous

                  Observation of a crisis in restrained black-and-white, at micro and macro level. With the Covid-19 pandemic unfolding across the globe, an elderly woman fights for her life in a hospital in China. The family refuses to budge from her side, no matter what.

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                  O arrais do mar

                  • Elisa Celda
                  • Spain
                  • 2020
                  • 18 min
                  • Luminous

                    A poetic portrait of nighttime activities on the Portuguese coast. A fishing net is hauled in, while further along people search out sexual encounters. The images are dark, with brief flashes of activity—like a nocturnal radiography of a territory.

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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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                      At Eleven

                      • Carolina Admirable García
                      • Mexico
                      • 2020
                      • 22 min
                      • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

                        Disarming excerpts from video diaries offer intimate glimpses into the lives of two bubbly Mexican girls, on the cusp of puberty. Lots of what these two best girlfriends do and experience is universal, but not everything.

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