All Documentaries

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

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    Abu Jamil Street

    • Monchovet Alexis, Stephane Marchetti
    • 2010
    • 52 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    Four jolly young Palestinain men at work digging underground tunnels from the Gaza Strip to Egypt.

    Adieu Bakou

    • Jacques Debs
    • 1994
    • 52 min

    Since 1986, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a dead?end conflict about the control over Nagorno Karabach, a small Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan. Until 1989 Baku, the Azeri capital, had been spared. But in January 1990 this cosmopolitan city where Azeri, Muslims, Russians, Jews and Armenians had been living side by side peacefully, became the stage for bloody pogroms. Especially the Armenian part of the population fell victim to these actions. When the Russian army intervened to end the pogroms, the war escalated into a succession of acts of violence. In adieu bakou residents tell the story of how they try to survive in a city where nationalism has destroyed a civilisation in which a variety of cultures and religions used to coexist.

    Ady Gasy, the Malagasy Way

    • Nantenaina Lova
    • 2014
    • 84 min
    • Panorama

    People in Madagascar tackle the financial crisis inventively and sustainably, never losing their unique identity and good humor.

    Afrique 50

    • René Vautier
    • 1950
    • 18 min

    As a young filmmaker Ren‚ Vautier went to French colonial Africa to make his first film. Nominally a documentary which would provide insight in the life in the Occident and which would be fit to be screened at French secondary schools. However, Vautier's real intention was to make an animated colonial film, which may have had an educational purpose too, but more so as an eye-opener concerning the true rights and wrongs of colonialism. This resulted in a ban on afrique 50 in France for forty years. The film was allegedly 'missing', but in reality it sat in the censors' offices all that time.

    Afriques: comment ça va avec la douleur?

    • Raymond Depardon
    • 1996
    • 185 min
    • Retrospective Raymond Depardon

    In a long journey, leading along places like Soweto, Angola, Rwanda and Sudan, Depardon professionally struggles with his viewpoint and deprives the spectator of his stereotypical idea of Africa.

    Agnus Dei

    • Alejandra Sánchez
    • 2010
    • 87 min
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

    A frank and moving portrait of a young adult who was sexually abused by a priest as a child.

    Ain't Misbehavin

    • Marcel Ophüls
    • 2013
    • 106 min
    • Masters

    A look back at a life in cinema, at the locations where it was lived, by documentary maestro Marcel Ophüls.

    Aleppo's Fall

    • Nizam Najar
    • 2017
    • 85 min
    • Panorama

    Years of war have failed to weaken the position of President Bashar al-Assad. Embedded with the rebels, filmmaker Nizam Najjar investigates why.

    Alertez les bébés!

    • Jean Michel Carré
    • 1978
    • 90 min

    For years now, 'equal opportunities in education' has been the hobbyhorse of the French government. The purpose of the resulting policy is that all children are sent to identical schools. The fact that this sometimes has just the adverse effect should not come as a surprise. The fact is that in the education of children several influences play a role. What is more, the creation of equal opportunities often implies the need for differentiation in education. In the late seventies Jean-Michel Carr‚ gathered a team of teachers, educators and researchers to reflect upon these and other matters. Alertez les b‚b‚s! is the result of this investigation. Fictional scenes alternate with interview situations. The accent lies on the permanent influence of parents and teachers on the children's behaviour. Children do their best to live up to the standards and values imposed by educators. This film points out that this restricts their freedom and interferes with the development of their self-expression.

    Algérie en Flammes

    • René Vautier
    • 1958
    • 20 min

    On the threshold of the Algerian struggle for independence, Ren‚ Vautier produced a film about the French conquest of Algeria in 1830. Subsequently, he was severely criticised by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who considered the prediction that Algeria was on the eve of a battle against the colonial oppressor a danger for national security. As a reaction to this accusation, Vautier made alg‚rie en flammes, a reportage-like film about the Algerian resistance movement. Due to the commotion this film caused, Vautier was forced to go underground for twenty-five months. After the declaration of independence he established the first Algerian audio-visual centre. Alg‚rie en flammes is considered the first national film in Algeria.