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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    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.

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      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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        Bilal

        • Sourav Sarangi
        • India, Finland
        • 2008
        • 92 min
        • India - East Side Stories

          An intimate glimpse into the world of a three-year-old boy who lives with his blind parents in a poor neighbourhood of Calcutta.

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          Cecilia

          • Pankaj Johar
          • India, Norway
          • 2015
          • 85 min
          • Panorama

            A personal and grueling quest for justice in the case of the mysterious suicide of a 14-year-old girl in Delhi.

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            Change of Choice

            • Chen Ling
            • China
            • 2005
            • 53 min
            • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary, China Transit

              An account of the onerous, but sorely needed establishment of an agricultural co-op in a farming community dominated by different family clans.

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              The Chinese Mayor

              • Hao Zhou
              • China
              • 2015
              • 87 min
              • Best of Fests, Benjamin Barber: Jihad vs. McWorld 2015

                The mayor of the Chinese city of Datong embarks on an immense demolition and building project to transform his city into a tourist attraction.

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                City of Photos

                • Nishtha Jain
                • India
                • 2004
                • 59 min
                • Audience Favorites

                  If you want to look like a movie star, go to the Kolkata photo studio. There are still some secrets of Indian photo craftsmanship being kept there.

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                  Delhi - Mumbai - Delhi

                  • Saba Dewan
                  • India
                  • 2006
                  • 63 min
                  • Jan Vrijman Fund

                    An intimate portrait of Riya, a young woman who tries to make a better future for herself and her family by dancing in the bars of Mumbai.

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                    Demons in Paradise

                    • Jude Ratnam
                    • France, Sri Lanka
                    • 2017
                    • 94 min
                    • Best of Fests

                      Jude Ratnam investigates the traces of the Sri Lankan civil war, retracing the train journey he made as a child to escape the persecution of Tamils.

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                      DMZ: Memories of No Man’s Land

                      • Hayoun Kwon
                      • South Korea
                      • 2015
                      • 20 min
                      • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab: Seamless Reality, DocLab Program

                        A virtual reality exploration of the heavily guarded border between North and South Korea makes the paranoia of the Cold War palpable. On-site reservation required.

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