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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    Black against White

    • Wagner Morales
    • Brazil
    • 2004
    • 78 min
    • Jan Vrijman Fund

      On the soccer field of a southern suburb of São Paulo, a match between blacks and whites has been played for thirty years.

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      La bonita

      • Maria del Mar Rosario
      • Cuba, Puerto Rico
      • 2018
      • 18 min
      • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

        Close-up shots without commentary of often painful cosmetic treatments reveal how heavily women can be burdened by the dictates of beauty.

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        Carne

        • Camila Kater
        • Brazil, Spain
        • 2019
        • 12 min
        • Best of Fests

          Five women talk about about their relationship with their own body and how they experience the gaze of others. Their stories are strikingly visualized with the aid of various animation techniques.

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          The Chirola

          • Diego Mondaca
          • Bolivia
          • 2008
          • 26 min
          • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

            During his incarceration, a former convict gained new insight into the concept of freedom and chooses the simplicity of a life in seclusion over a complete return to society.

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            La ciudad de los fotógrafos

            • Sebastián Moreno
            • Chile
            • 2006
            • 80 min
            • IDFA Competition for First Appearance, Jan Vrijman Fund

              Eyewitness accounts, photographs and film footage tell the story of a movement of Chilean photographers who contributed to the downfall of dictator Augusto Pinochet.

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              The Crossing

              • Otávio Almeida
              • Cuba
              • 2019
              • 14 min
              • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

                In high-contrast black-and-white footage, accompanied by an expressive soundtrack filled with the sounds of nature, a man struggles through the Sierra Maestra, the mountain range that was the birthplace of the Cuban Revolution in the 1950s.

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                Dear Mara, Letters from a Trip through Patagonia

                • Carlos Alejandro Echeverría
                • Argentina
                • 2007
                • 88 min
                • Jan Vrijman Fund

                  Dear Mara, Letters from a Trip through Patagonia captures the experiences of a group of sheep shearers travelling across Patagonia through letters to the home front, and pays ample attention to the gorgeous scenery along the way.

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                  Diário de Naná

                  • Paschoal Samora
                  • Brazil
                  • 2006
                  • 60 min
                  • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

                    Brazilian singer and percussionist Naná Vasconcelos goes to Bahía to search for the spiritual and ethnic soul of his music.

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                    Dulce

                    • Angello Faccini, Guille Isa
                    • Colombia
                    • 2018
                    • 10 min
                    • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

                      Dulce is terrified by her first swimming lesson, but swimming is an essential life skill in her Colombian coastal village.

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                      Estamira

                      • Marcos Prado
                      • Brazil
                      • 2004
                      • 115 min
                      • Jan Vrijman Fund

                        A 63-year-old schizophrenic woman leads her life on a garbage dump in Rio de Janeiro.

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