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.

    Abu Jamil Street

    • Monchovet Alexis, Stephane Marchetti
    • France, Israel
    • 2010
    • 52 min
    • Panorama

    Four jolly young Palestinain men at work digging underground tunnels from the Gaza Strip to Egypt.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

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