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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    Bela Bela - What Keeps Mankind Alive

    • Marjoleine Boonstra
    • Netherlands
    • 2001
    • 73 min
    • Top 10

      Under the toughest of living conditions, four poets have had to employ their imaginations in order to survive.

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      Big Stories, Small Towns

      • Jeni Lee, Sieh Mchawala
      • Australia
      • 2009
      • 45 min
      • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

        A heartwarming portrait of the care organizations in Port Augusta, Australia: the Men's Shed, the Wami Kata home for the elderly, and the Young Fathers group.

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        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.

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          The Birds Are Silent in the Forest

          • Tim De Keersmaecker
          • Belgium
          • 2007
          • 18 min
          • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

            Subdued circular narration about a warehouseman escaping everyday life by taking his hunting rifle and going to the woods.

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            Bistro in Vitro

            • Koert van Mensvoort
            • Netherlands
            • 2015
            • DocLab: Seamless Reality, DocLab Program

              Blurring the boundaries between born and made, the futuristic menu of this fictional restaurant includes knitted steak and 3D-printed marrow eggs.

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              Bla Bla

              • Vincent Morisset for AATOAA
              • Canada
              • 2014
              • DocLab Program

                An interactive tale by Vincent Morisset that explores a new vision of human communication and reflects on the challenges of storytelling in the digital age.

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                Black against White

                • Wagner Morales
                • Brazil
                • 2004
                • 78 min
                • Jan Vrijman Fund

                  On the soccer field of a southern suburb of São Paulo, a match between blacks and whites has been played for thirty years.

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                  Blind Light

                  • Pola Rapaport
                  • United States
                  • 1998
                  • 58 min
                  • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

                    Three characters are seized by the mysterious light on the Italian island of Capri.

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                    The Block: Stories from a Meeting Place

                    • Matt Smith, Alicia Hamilton, Poppy Stockell
                    • Australia
                    • 2012
                    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

                      Three-dimensional web installation about the turbulent history of The Block, an aboriginal district in the heart of Sydney. Forty years on, it's about to make way for a new development.

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                      Blood Brothers

                      • Marco Espírito Santo, Miguel Coimbra
                      • Portugal
                      • 2015
                      • 6 min
                      • Paradocs

                        An exhilarating soundtrack accompanies Portuguese bullfighters as they return to the arena for the first time since the death of their leader.

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