All Documentaries

    A list of all films and interactive documentaries selected for IDFA throughout the years.

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    IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary (20)

    The Collector

    • Erik Strömdahl
    • 1989
    • 82 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    Kurt Hellström is an odd individual. He is a nuisance to the Swedish authorities because he refuses to obey the law. He does not fill in any tax form. People consider him an alcoholic. Film-maker Erik Strömdal followed Hellström and discovered an interesting aspect of this remarkable man. One day, they were sitting on the same bus and Strömdal noticed Hellström peeling an electric lead, carefully sorting the plastic and the copper into plastic bags. Later on, Strömdal found out that Hell-ström's basic view is that nothing - human or material - is rubbish, everything is worth something. He had moved from a ramshackle cottage, where he had lived for 20 years, to a fashionable Stockholm suburb, where he is still living with his collection and 'chauffeur'. He paid for his newly bought house in cash.

    The Corporation

    • Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott
    • 2003
    • 145 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    Thorough analysis of the workings and power of private enterprises in our capitalist society.

    The Deminer

    • Hogir Hirori, Shinwar Kamal
    • 2017
    • 81 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    A nerve-racking portrait of a Kurdish colonel, who disarmed thousands of roadside bombs and mines armed only with his courage and a pair of wire cutters.

    Djembéfola

    • Laurent Chevallier
    • 1991

    Forgetting Dad

    • Rick Minnich, Matthew Sweetwood
    • 2008
    • 83 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    A filmmaker investigates the emotional consequences of his father's sudden and inexplicable memory loss on his immediate surroundings.

    Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go

    • Kim Longinotto
    • 2007
    • 100 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    A poignant recording of daily life at the Mulberry Bush School, an institution that helps emotionally dysfunctional children reintegrate into society providing them with love and patience.

    Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale

    • David Shapiro, Laurie Gwen Shapiro
    • 2000
    • 90 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    Anthropologist Tobias Schneebaum visits a cannibal tribe he once studied.

    Liberia: An Uncivil War

    • Jonathan Stack
    • 2004
    • 102 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    The civil war in Liberia, filmed from the capital Monrovia, controlled by Charles Taylor, and also from the advancing rebel movement LURD.

    The Most Dangerous Man in America

    • Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith
    • 2009
    • 94 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    1971: America is embroiled in the Vietnam war, a dirty war based on lies and deceit. A president is abusing the power of his office.

    On Hitler's Highway

    • Extinkt
    • 2002
    • 84 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    Trip along the Polish section of the oldest highway from west to east - constructed by forced labourers under Hitler’s regime - passing poor gypsies, whores, illegal aliens and Auschwitz.

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