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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    The Anticipation of Rain

    • Naima Karim
    • Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland
    • 2022
    • 7 min
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, DocLab: Nervous Systems

      Using animated brush strokes in a 3D environment, a soundscape and scents, Naima Karim brings the tropical thunderstorm to life. Climate change has made the once-romantic monsoon into a life-threatening phenomenon.

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      Achewiq, the Song of the Brave Women

      • Elina Kastler
      • France
      • 2022
      • 16 min
      • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

        The traditional improvisational song of the Northern Algerian Berbers is called achewiq. It is a vehicle for women to express their feelings and deal with disaster—such as the recent forest fires, which were unprecedented in their intensity.

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        Adaptation

        • Josh Kline
        • United States
        • 2022
        • 10 min
        • Top 10

          This short, post-apocalyptic fantasy, in which the streets of New York have disappeared beneath the rising sea, proves that analogue science fiction can also be highly effective. A solitary boat sails through a drowned city.

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          African Moot

          • Shameela Seedat
          • South Africa, Finland
          • 2022
          • 85 min
          • Best of Fests

            A side of Africa we rarely see: spirited law students argue cases in simulated court hearings, to win the title of best mooter in the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition. We meet a new generation committed to the future of the continent.

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            Aftersun

            • Lluís Galter
            • Spain
            • 2022
            • 70 min
            • Paradocs

              A couple at a campground in Spain are behaving very strangely, and the imaginations of three teenage girls are running wild. This playful film-about-film moves effortlessly between documentary, thriller, detective story and fairytale.

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              Alis

              • Clare Weiskopf, Nicolas van Hemelryck
              • Colombia, Romania, Chile
              • 2022
              • 84 min
              • Best of Fests

                The teenage girls who live in a shelter in Bogotá have already been through a lot in their young lives. They talk about it through the perspective of a fictional friend: Alis. Their soulful narrative reveals an amazing strength to embrace a brighter future.

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                All That Breathes

                • Shaunak Sen
                • India, United Kingdom, United States
                • 2022
                • 94 min
                • Best of Fests

                  Two Muslim brothers living in Delhi, one of the world’s most polluted cities, try their best to run a sanctuary for birds of prey. In a film that swings between hope and despair, the two central figures remain determined to never give up.

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                  All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

                  • Laura Poitras
                  • United States
                  • 2022
                  • 122 min
                  • Retrospective: Laura Poitras

                    Nan Goldin earned fame for her intimate and often intense photos of subcultures she was part of. Now she's fighting the Sackler family, whose wealth comes from selling the addictive painkiller OxyContin. A moving, visual story about love and pain.

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                    All You See

                    • Niki Padidar
                    • Netherlands
                    • 2022
                    • 72 min
                    • Luminous

                      What if you suddenly end up in a world where you’re no longer seen but stared at? This film shows the alienation this evokes for four protagonists who are new to the Netherlands. If no one knows who you used to be, are you still yourself?

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                      Alone Together

                      • Dustin Harvey
                      • Canada, United Kingdom
                      • 2022
                      • 10
                      • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab: Nervous Systems

                        Step into the world of the Alone Together Agency, where lonely people can hire replacement relatives. Use the app at DocLab to become a freelance family member and have real conversations with a virtual loner.

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