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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    Out of Sight, Out of Mind

    • Wesley Grubbs
    • United States
    • 2013
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab: Interactive Reality, DocLab Program

      This animated infographic shows that clandestine drone attacks carried out in Pakistan by the American military claim almost exclusively innocent victims.

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      Outcaste

      • Jonathan Bland
      • Canada
      • 2002
      • 30 min
      • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

        Portrait of an Indian ‘untouchable’ or dalit homeless monk, who lives wordlessly, without any possessions.

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        Paparazzi

        • Piotr W. Bernas
        • Poland
        • 2011
        • 33 min
        • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

          On the hunt with a member of the Polish paparazzi, smoking as he scours the streets for privacy-violating photo opportunities and provides insight into his professional and personal life.

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          Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream

          • Alex Gibney
          • United States
          • 2012
          • 58 min
          • Why Poverty?

            A thrilling, quick-cut debate on how capitalist America lost balance, and how lobbyists became the most powerful people in Washington.

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            Parsi Wada, Tarapore - Present Day

            • Kaevan Umrigar
            • India
            • 2005
            • 22 min
            • India - East Side Stories

              With very few words and nostalgic images, a Parsi director leisurely captures the simple life of a poor Zoroastrian community in Pune, India.

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              Patio

              • Alysson Muritiba
              • Brazil
              • 2013
              • 17 min
              • Paradocs

                In the exercise yard of a Brazilian jail, prisoners pray, play football, sing and practice capoeira.

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                Personal Truth

                • Charlie Shackleton
                • United Kingdom
                • 2017
                • 17 min
                • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

                  A short, essayistic film about the powerful influence of fake news. Just how convincing are conspiracy theories?

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                  Peter and Ben

                  • Pinny Grylls
                  • England
                  • 2007
                  • 10 min
                  • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

                    Living in seclusion in Wales, Peter feels it's time for Ben, a sheep he personally raised but who has become too hard to handle, to return to his herd.

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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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