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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    Divorce Iranian Style

    • Kim Longinotto
    • England
    • 1998
    • 80 min
    • Top 10

    Three Iranian women meet with strong opposition when they want to divorce their husband.

    Runaway

    • Kim Longinotto
    • England
    • 2001
    • 87 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    Female directors Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, who previously collaborated on the memorable documentary DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE, are back in Teheran. This time they are visiting a centre for girls who have ran away from home. Treating their heroines with a great deal of understanding and respect, the filmmakers enter their troublesome lives. The film crew obviously succeeded in gaining the full trust of the girls, because we see them opening up without being bothered by the presence of the camera. In spite of being raised by their family and society to obey and never talk back, these girls have found the courage to stand up for their freedom. By leaving their homes, they are trying to turn a new page in life. But what are their chances? As an official institution in Iranian society, this Centre also has to play according to the rules. Nevertheless, the charismatic and firm Mrs Shirazi, who runs the place, always finds a way to renegotiate the relationships between the parents and the runaways. Without being voyeuristic, the filmmakers follow certain cases from the moment the girls enter the Centre until the moment they go back home. The story told in between reveals the pain, humiliation and anger of Iranian girls harassed by their nearest and dearest

    Return to the Border

    • Liang Zhao
    • China, France
    • 2005
    • 56 min
    • Jan Vrijman Fund

    Available in Benelux only: Chinese director returns to the Ya Lu River that separates China from North Korea to see what is left of socialism in the two countries.

    Welcome to Pine Point

    • Paul Shoebridge, Michael Simons
    • Canada
    • 2010
    • 50 min
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

    A multimedia portrait of the memories of the disappeared Canadian mining settlement of Pine Point, which existed from 1964 to 1988.

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