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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    Abandoned Land

    • Gilles Laurent
    • Belgium
    • 2016
    • 73 min
    • Panorama

      A thoughtful portrait of the people who have returned to their homes in the evacuated zone around the Fukushima nuclear power station, despite the radioactivity.

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      Addicted to Solitude

      • Jon Bang Carlsen
      • Denmark
      • 1999
      • 60 min
      • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

        Very personal travelogue about South Africa in the post-apartheid years.

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        Ady Gasy, the Malagasy Way

        • Nantenaina Lova
        • Madagascar, France
        • 2014
        • 84 min
        • Panorama

          People in Madagascar tackle the financial crisis inventively and sustainably, never losing their unique identity and good humor.

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          Afghanistan Night Stories

          • Alka Sadat
          • Afghanistan
          • 2015
          • 60 min
          • Panorama

            The everyday life of Afghan soldiers fighting against the Taliban in a special commando unit of the national army.

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            An African Election

            • Jarreth Merz
            • Ghana, Switzerland, United States
            • 2010
            • 89 min
            • Panorama

              Twenty-eight days before the presidential election in Ghana, the country oscillates between hope for change and fear of conflict.

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              African Mirror

              • Mischa Hedinger
              • Switzerland
              • 2019
              • 84 min
              • Best of Fests

                Admiration and destruction are two sides of the same coin in this collage of archive footage that reveals how, since the 1950s, Europeans have projected their own idealized images onto Africa and destroyed original cultures.

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                The Age of Stupid

                • Franny Armstrong
                • England
                • 2008
                • 89 min
                • Panorama

                  This documentary drama depicts an uninhabitable earth in the year 2055. The librarian of world history explains which decisions led to the definitive climate change.

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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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                    Alisa in Warland

                    • Alisa Kovalenko, Liubov Durakova
                    • Poland
                    • 2015
                    • 74 min
                    • havo bovenbouw, vwo bovenbouw
                    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

                      A candid, personal self-portrait by a young woman traveling through Ukraine after the outbreak of the revolution.

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                      Alive Inside

                      • Michael Rossato-Bennett
                      • United States
                      • 2014
                      • 78 min
                      • Best of Fests

                        A compelling film that shows how music can revive the emotions and memories of elderly people suffering from dementia, transforming their lives.

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