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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    The Deeper They Bury Me

    • Angad Bhalla, Ted Biggs
    • Canada
    • 2015
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab: Seamless Reality, DocLab Program

      A prisoner in Louisiana since 1972, Herman Wallace tells the disturbing story of his solitary confinement in a series of interactive animations.

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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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          Deserter

          • Richard Rowley
          • United States
          • 2007
          • 22 min
          • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

            A road movie about a young American army deserter who refuses to fight in Iraq, forcing him to flee to Toronto with his wife.

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            Destruction and Return in al-Araqib

            • United Kingdom
            • 2018
            • 20 min
            • Focus: It Still Hurts, DocLab Domesticating Reality, DocLab Program

              What better medium for documenting a land-grabbing conflict than a map? Forensic Architecture helped Bedouins to set up an interactive archive of their village, to chronicle its destruction by Israeli troops.

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              The Devil's Lair

              • Riaan Hendricks
              • South Africa
              • 2013
              • 82 min
              • Best of Fests

                A confronting and intimate cinema verité portrait of the aging South African drug dealer Braaim, who must face a turf dispute with rival gangs and a marital crisis. 

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                The Devil

                • Jean-Gabriel Périot
                • France
                • 2012
                • 7 min
                • Paradocs

                  The fear Caucasian Americans harbor for the unknown black man standing up for his rights in the 1950s and 60s is revealed to be a projection.

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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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                    Diary of Hunger

                    • Mireia Pujol
                    • Spain
                    • 2014
                    • 15 min
                    • Panorama

                      Refugees in a Spanish enclave in Morocco are observed in calm black-and-white images, then talk directly to the camera.

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                      A Different Kind of Gun

                      • Peter Jordan
                      • United States
                      • 2007
                      • 15 min
                      • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

                        Innocent children explain how the war in Sudan is tearing their country apart. Meanwhile, they place their hope in education.

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