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.

    Ady Gasy, the Malagasy Way

    • Nantenaina Lova
    • 2014
    • 84 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

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

    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
    • Regular program: 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.

    Alma, a Tale of Violence

    • Miquel Dewever-Plana, Isabelle Fougère
    • 2012
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

    This interactive tablet documentary allows you to swipe back and forth between a no-frills presentation of the violent confessions of former gang member Alma and an alternate image stream that puts it all in context.

    Almost Like in My Dreams

    • Frédéric Guillaume
    • 2011
    • 42 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    A film diary by Frédéric Guillaume about a loving young family and the heartrending breakup that follows. Daughter Juliette frolics merrily among the shards of the shattered relationship.


    • Wang Bing
    • 2012
    • 89 min
    • Regular program: Top 10

    A poignant portrait of three Chinese sisters aged four, six and ten, who live in the mountains without parents.