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

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    A Man With HIV

    • Tong Li
    • 1999
    • 49 min
    • China Transit

    After volunteering as a blood donor, the HIV virus is found in 31-year-old Li Ziliang. He is immediately fired by his boss for fear of infection. Every time he walks on the street, he is surrounded by groups of people that stare at him. ‘One touch and you’re finished’, one of them thinks. ‘People with AIDS should be cursed. Only immoral people get AIDS’, another one comments. Nobody wants to sell anything to Li, because they do not want to touch the money that has passed through his hands. Only in distant Beijing can he walk around undisturbed. His wife is at her wit’s end, too, because she also lost all her friends. One day, she gets on her bicycle and never returns. She leaves Li behind with three children, who will not find anyone to take care of them after he has passed away.

    Amphibious (Login-Logout)

    • Jennifer Allora, Guillermo Calzadilla
    • 2005
    • 6 min
    • Paradocs

    A group of turtles rides atop a log as it drifts slowly along the fast amphibious network of import and export activities on the Pearl River in China.


    • Jiawei Ning
    • 2017
    • 63 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

    Amidst a snowy landscape, a Chinese fisherman readies his boat for spring in this wordless experimental film.

    Before the Flood II

    • Yu Yan
    • 2008
    • 60 min
    • Panorama

    The residents of a 1,700-year-old Chinese village are dumbfounded when they learn that the construction of a reservoir will put their homes underwater.


    • Liang Zhao
    • 2015
    • 90 min
    • Masters

    The Chinese mining industry has devastating effects on people and nature, creating something more akin to Dante’s Hell than the intended prosperous paradise.

    Beijing 2008

    • Lei Jianjun
    • 2010
    • 90 min
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

    2008 turns out to be a special year not only for the city of Beijing, where the Olympic Games are being held, but also for a resident of the city named Ji.

    The Big Family

    • Huang Lingping
    • 2005
    • 82 min
    • China Transit

    A harrowing documentary soap about a rural family that is ruined because of the patriarch's narrow-mindedness and incapacity.

    The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World

    • Weijun Chen
    • 2008
    • 80 min
    • Panorama

    A film portrait of modern China as viewed through the prism of staff and guests at the largest Chinese restaurant in the world.

    The Cave

    • Qi Zhao
    • 2017
    • 13 min
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

    An overwhelming VR experience that gives the sensation of exploring one of the stunningly painted Mogao caves in China. On-site reservation required.

    Change of Choice

    • Chen Ling
    • 2005
    • 53 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary, China Transit

    An account of the onerous, but sorely needed establishment of an agricultural co-op in a farming community dominated by different family clans.