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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    After 6/4

    • Jiao Chen
    • Australia
    • 2014
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab: Immersive Reality, DocLab Program

    Protest or riot? A comparison of reporting on unrest at Tiananmen Square in 1989 shows how various versions of the news crystallize into historical fact.

    Aftermath: the Remnants of War

    • Daniel Sekulich
    • Canada
    • 2001
    • 56 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

    Agnes & Nancy

    • Anne Milne
    • Scotland
    • 2011
    • 24 min
    • Panorama

    A portrait of two women wrestling with the fundamental changes brought on by early-onset dementia.

    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.

    All of Me

    • Susan Koenen
    • Netherlands, The
    • 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.

    Alma, a Tale of Violence

    • Miquel Dewever-Plana, Isabelle Fougère
    • France
    • 2012
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

    This interactive tablet documentary allows you to swipe back and forth between a no-frills presentation of the violent confessions of former gang member Alma and an alternate image stream that puts it all in context.

    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.

    Among Horses and Men

    • Marjoleine Boonstra
    • Netherlands, The
    • 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.

    Anna's Story

    • Nienke Eijsink
    • Netherlands, The
    • 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.

    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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