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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    Phiro

    • Gregorio Graziosi
    • Brazil
    • 2008
    • 12 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

      Poetic close-ups of an old man, whose solitary life is captured in tightly framed shots.

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      Plank

      • Billy Pols
      • Netherlands
      • 2009
      • 15 min
      • Brugklas, Groep 6,7,8, vmbo onderbouw, vwo onderbouw, havo onderbouw
      • IDFA Junior

        The Dutch-Moroccan Nassim is a skater who dreams of becoming a pro – even though he knows Moroccans are supposed to like football and kickboxing.

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        Play for Keeps

        • Arnold van Bruggen
        • Netherlands, The
        • 2011
        • 18 min
        • Groep 6,7,8
        • Kids & Docs

          A summery portrait of eight-year-old marble players Sieme and Bence, who "play for keeps" in an exciting schoolyard game.

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          Please Remember Me

          • Qing Zhao
          • China
          • 2015
          • 78 min
          • Panorama

            An elderly couple in Shanghai gracefully struggles with age, illness and memory loss.

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            Pointer Pointer

            • Jonathan Puckey, Luna Maurer, Roel Wouters
            • Netherlands
            • 2012
            • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

              A simple but effective online timewaster: stop your cursor somewhere on the screen and a picture is loaded in which someone points right back at it.

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              Poison Fire

              • Lars Johansson
              • Tanzania
              • 2008
              • 28 min
              • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

                Due to the disastrous consequences of oil drilling in the Niger Delta, the local population wants to impose stricter environmental regulations on the multinational giant Shell.

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                Polar Sea 360

                • Thomas Wallner
                • Canada
                • 2014
                • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab: Immersive Reality, DocLab Program

                  A 360-degree documentary that shows the climatological and cultural changes taking place in the Arctic area, literally from all sides.

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                  Polaris

                  • Chico Pereira
                  • Scotland
                  • 2012
                  • 15 min
                  • Panorama

                    Scottish and Filipino fishermen stand silently beside the dripping conveyor belt bringing in the fish. A glimpse into the lives of migrant fishermen in a small Scottish town, and the meaning of work in our lives.

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                    Poor Us - An Animated History of Poverty

                    • Ben Lewis
                    • Netherlands, The
                    • 2012
                    • 58 min
                    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary, Why Poverty?

                      A playful animated documentary featuring interviews with experts about why extreme poverty still exists, despite our growing wealth.

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                      Poppy Interactive

                      • Antoinette de Jong, Robert Knoth
                      • Netherlands
                      • 2017
                      • 100 min
                      • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab: Uncharted Rituals, DocLab Program

                        A protracted investigation into the nexus between war and organized crime, brought together in an interactive documentary that exposes an extensive network.

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