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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    Boy Cheerleaders

    • James Newton
    • England
    • 2010
    • 60 min
    • Brugklas, vmbo onderbouw, havo onderbouw
    • Panorama

    It's not always easy for England's first all-boy cheerleading team in the run-up to the national championships.

    Brilliant Noise

    • Semiconductor
    • England
    • 2006
    • 6 min
    • Paradocs

    A sweltering animation with satellite images of the sun.

    Broken Meat

    • Pola Rapaport
    • United States
    • 1990
    • 50 min

    A raw portrait of the 52-year-old homeless poet Alan Granville and of the city of New York.

    Burn Out

    • Samuel Bollendorff, Olivia Colo
    • France
    • 2013
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab: Interactive Reality, DocLab Program

    This shocking web documentary captures the recent wave of suicides in France, which is on the verge of a collective burnout.

    The Burning House

    • Foster Huntington
    • United States
    • 2011
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

    The Burning House is a website that asks all its participants the same simple question: what would you rescue if your house was on fire?

    Butterfly Man

    • Samantha Rebillet
    • Australia
    • 2004
    • 6 min
    • Film School in Focus: AFTRS

    Short and apt portrait of a man who has been pinning up butterflies for many years and at a ripe age discovers his own "flying" skills on the dance floor.

    California Is a Place

    • Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper
    • United States
    • 2010
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

    Impressions in short films and photo series of people and places in the state of California: bathed in golden light, although the stories are less sunny.

    Camerawar.tv

    • Lech Kowalski
    • France, United States
    • 2009
    • 45 min
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

    This film project seeks to create a new and free way of viewing and analyzing through short grassroots films.

    Camera/Woman

    • Karima Zoubir
    • Morocco
    • 2012
    • 59 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

    The divorced Moroccan Khadija is working as a camerawoman at weddings, whilst fighting for her independence - of course against the will of her family.  

    Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary

    • Pepita Ferrari, Steve Mackey
    • Canada
    • 2009
    • 230 min
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

    The visitor creates his or her own story from the collection of 163 film clips of prominent documentary filmmakers discussing their profession.

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