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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    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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        Azibuye — The Occupation

        • Dylan Valley
        • South Africa
        • 2019
        • 10 min
        • do not touch, IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

          A thought-provoking, 360-degree view of an overgrown, dilapidated Johannesburg house squatted as a political and artistic statement by two Black artists. Will their attitude change when they find out who owns the house?

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          [The Black Man in the Cosmos]

          • Kitoko Diva
          • France, United Kingdom
          • 2019
          • 18 min
          • do not touch, IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

            This installation connects jazz musician Sun Ra’s Afrofuturist visions and the 1974 film Space Is the Place to the 2016 protests in France prompted by the death of Adama Traoré, following his heavy-handed arrest.

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            The Book of Distance

            • Randall Okita
            • Canada
            • 2020
            • 25 min
            • do not touch, IDFA DocLab Spotlight

              Director Randall Okita’s grandfather emigrated from Hiroshima to Canada in 1935. During the Second World War he was sent to an internment camp. This interactive reconstruction of the life of a taciturn man fills in the gaps in history.

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              Bridge to Sovietopia

              • Marie Alice Wolfszahn
              • Austria, Germany, Ukraine
              • 2020
              • 16 min
              • do not touch, IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

                Like an invisible spirit, the user of this VR glides through scientific, industrial, and cultural structures of the former Soviet Union, weathered monuments of a vanished utopia. A memento mori for every worldly power.

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                Cabinets of Wonder

                • Susanne Kim
                • Germany
                • 2020
                • 15
                • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs, do not touch

                  In this virtual reality experience you enter three fantasy worlds of children who feel out of place in the real world. Glide along a river in Cameroon, dive underwater with a mermaid, and explore a planet with guinea pigs and a talking machine.

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                  Camp Century

                  • Anrick Bregman
                  • United Kingdom, Denmark, United States
                  • 2020
                  • 15 min
                  • do not touch, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

                    It sounds like science fiction: a military camp with its own nuclear power plant, deep under the ice of Greenland. But the U.S. underground army base Camp Century really did exist. In this VR game/podcast you explore the camp and meet its people.

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                    The Channel

                    • Eliane Esther Bots
                    • Netherlands
                    • 2020
                    • 30 min
                    • IDFA on Stage, do not touch

                      Interpreters at the Yugoslavia Tribunal lived through the war in the Balkans themselves, but to be able to do their work they had to shut out their own feelings. This voice-focused performance places their experiences center stage.

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                      Cooking Workshops to Prepare for the End of the World #6: Tea

                      • Sien Vanmaele
                      • Belgium
                      • 2020
                      • 30 min
                      • IDFA on Stage, do not touch

                        In this small-scale workshop, Sien Vanmaele will take you in search of tranquility and solutions for troubling times, starting from your own kitchen. Can tea help to ease our apocalyptic thoughts?

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