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.

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      Artificial Things

      • Sophie Fiennes
      • United Kingdom
      • 2018
      • 26 min
      • Masters

        A dance film set in stark, deserted offices. Some of the dancers have a disability. Exhilarating, energetic and moving.

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        Askoo

        • Mohammad Ali Hashemzehi
        • Iran
        • 2011
        • 25 min
        • Panorama

          In the scorching desert of Balochistan, where only the wind drowns out the sluggish roaring of the dromedaries, shepherd Kannar contemplates his love-hate relationship with his favorite dromedary. 

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          Astronaut.io

          • Andrew Wong, James Thompson
          • United States
          • 2016
          • DocLab: Uncharted Rituals, DocLab Program

            A funny, moving and confrontational interactive collage of snapshots from thousands of YouTube films that are rarely or never viewed.

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            Atlas of Pentecostalism

            • Richard Vijgen, Bregtje van der Haak
            • Netherlands
            • 2013
            • DocLab: Immersive Reality, DocLab Program

              This dynamic interactive database charts the astonishing rise of the Pentecostal movement. At 35,000 new converts every day, it’s the fastest growing religion in the world.

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              Awkward Family Photos

              • Mike Bender, Doug Chernack
              • United States
              • 2009
              • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

                Visitors share their awkward family photos with one another and the world: clumsy photos of gawky people in embarrassing situations.

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                The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist

                • Mark Columbus
                • United States
                • 2012
                • 7 min
                • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

                  The filmmaker's inner monologue brings new meaning to this homage to his father's painful musical struggle.

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                  Bayou Blue

                  • Alix Lambert, David McMahon
                  • United States
                  • 2011
                  • 80 min
                  • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

                    Between 1997 and 2006, 23 men were murdered in an area of southeastern Louisiana. Why wasn't the perpetrator found more quickly?

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                    Bear 71 VR

                    • Canada
                    • 2016
                    • DocLab: Elastic Reality, DocLab Program

                      A seminal piece in the history of interactive documentary, reimagined and re-released as a VR piece for the 10-year anniversary of IDFA DocLab.

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                      Bear 71

                      • Jeremy Mendes, Leanne Allison
                      • Canada
                      • 2012
                      • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

                        Wildlife in Banff National Park from the perspective of a grizzly bear and that of the park rangers watching her 24 hours a day.

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