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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    Dream Homes Property Consultants

    • Alexandra Handal
    • England
    • 2013
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab: Interactive Reality, DocLab Program

    Presenting itself as a high-end real estate agency's website, this labyrinthine web-documentary uses expropriated houses to uncover Palestinian stories of displacement from West Jerusalem.

    Driftless: Stories from Iowa

    • Danny Wilcox Frazier, Brian Storm
    • United States
    • 2009
    • 31 min
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

    Affectionate but unpitying black-and-white images capture the tough existence of people still living in declining rural areas of Iowa.

    Drona & Me

    • Catherine van Campen
    • Netherlands
    • 2009
    • 19 min
    • Brugklas, Groep 6,7,8
    • Kids & Docs

    Drona and I is a portrait of autistic Hindu boy Drona. We'll be watching him through the eyes of Arjun, his elder brother, and so a lovingly double-portrait is formed.

    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.

    The Dumpster

    • Golan Levin
    • United States
    • 2005
    • DocLab Program

    A visualization of 20,000 blog posts from 2005 that relate to romantic breakups. The interface is designed in such a way that links between the failed love affairs become visible.

    Earn a Living

    • Yuval Orr
    • France, Germany, Netherlands, United States
    • 2018
    • 90 min
    • DocLab Humanoid Cookbook, IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

    Seven documentaries about a universal basic income explore our relationship with work and money, from Kenya to the Netherlands and from North Carolina to Tokyo.

    Echoes of IS

    • Tessa Louise Pope
    • Netherlands
    • 2017
    • havo bovenbouw, vmbo bovenbouw, vwo bovenbouw, mbo
    • IDFA School Program, DocLab Program

    This poignant, nuanced web documentary features 12 people talking about how IS has changed their lives.

    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.

    Empire Interactive

    • Kel O'Neill, Eline Jongsma
    • United States, Netherlands
    • 2014
    • 80 min
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab: Immersive Reality, DocLab Program

    This powerful and highly dynamic interactive documentary offers insight into the unintended long-term effects of Dutch colonialism, making them palpable.

    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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