All Documentaries

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

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    Act and Wind

    • Marcelo Masagão
    • 2014
    • 72 min
    • Masters

    A true treat for cinephiles, this swirling sequence of iconic shots shows how films bridge time and space and tell a more universal story.

    Aracati

    • Aline Portugal, Julia De Simone
    • 2015
    • 62 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

    As the wind blows across northeastern Brazil, people talk about the changes here. Meanwhile, the landscape speaks its own language.  

    Asleep

    • Clarissa Campolina
    • 2011
    • 7 min
    • Paradocs

    By looking in a different way at everyday places, director Clarissa Campolina gets to know another side to her home city of Belo Horizonte in Brazil.

    Babilônia 2000

    • Eduardo Coutinho
    • 2000
    • 80 min
    • Reflecting Images

    On the day of the turn of the millennium, five film crews ask the inhabitants of Chapéu Mangueira and Babilônia, two favelas opposite Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, what they have done that day and what their future plans are. With their digital cameras, they also register the moments right before the interview, when the people are busy with their daily activities. Fátima has just dyed her hair (‘I may be poor, but I still have to keep looking good’). She predicts that the 21st century will start with seven dark years. Small Jessica has only one desire: she wants to watch ‘The beauty and the beast’. A young woman expects that love and harmony will reign the world, whereas an elderly woman gloomily anticipates that nothing will change. The violence and unemployment will always be there.

    Behave

    • Maria Ramos
    • 2007
    • 90 min
    • Cinema do Brasil

    A sorrowful portrait of the Brazilian youth judicial system, and of the absolute bottom of Brazilian society.

    Bird Skin

    • Clara Peltier
    • 2015
    • 20 min
    • Panorama

    A Brazilian dancer named Tuane transcends her life in the favelas with dazzling performances in glittering costumes.

    Black against White

    • Wagner Morales
    • 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.

    Born to Be Blind

    • Roberto Berliner
    • 2003
    • 97 min
    • Cinema do Brasil

    Strikingly visualised portrait of three blind sisters from Campina Grande in Brazil, who survive by singing in the street.

    The Broken Moon

    • Marcos Negrão
    • 2010
    • 52 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary, IDFA Competition for Green Screen Documentary

    A portrait of a father, his son and their traditional Himalayan nomadic community threatened by climate change.

    Building Bridges

    • Heloisa Azevedo Passos
    • 2017
    • 73 min
    • Panorama

    Personal conversations between a father and daughter expose a generation gap, while also shedding light on Brazil’s contemporary political and economic structures.

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