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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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Education, Education

    • Weijun Chen
    • China, South Africa
    • 2012
    • 58 min
    • Why Poverty?

    Director Chen Weijun uses three stories of young Chinese people to tell a bigger story about the country's failing education system.

    . In for Motion

    • Anirban Datta
    • India, Finland
    • 2008
    • 59 min
    • India - East Side Stories, IDFA Competition for First Appearance

    A road movie along India's digital highway, where innovations in IT have drastically changed the lives of many.

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