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

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    Afghans Don't Flirt

    • Jochen Frank
    • 2004
    • 75 min
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

    Portrait of a 35-year-old German woman who works with humanitarian aid organisations in inaccessible regions of Afghanistan.

    All My Fathers

    • Jan Raiber
    • 2010
    • 89 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    A self-confident personal documentary in which the truth about filmmaker Jan Raiber's biological father turns out differently than expected.


    • Erwin Wagenhofer
    • 2013
    • 107 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    Should you sit in class with your arms folded or paint whatever you like? An indictment of competitive education and an ode to the individual imagination.

    Alter Senator

    • Willehad Eilers
    • 2015
    • 13 min
    • Paradocs: Amsterdam Art Weekend at IDFA

    A week in the life of a non-stop drinker – through his alcohol-addled eyes, dreary gray reality is transformed into a wonderland filled with gorgeous women.

    Al-Halqa - In the Storyteller's Circle

    • Thomas Ladenburger
    • 2010
    • 90 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    Abderahim El Maqori teaches his son Zoheir the tricks of a dying trade: storytelling in the Halqa.

    Am Rand der Städte

    • Aysun Bademsoy
    • 2006
    • 83 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    From interviews with Turks that made a fortune in Germany and returned to their native country, it is clear that emigration is a heavy burden on their families.

    Am siel

    • Peter Nestler, Kurt Ulrich
    • 1962
    • 13 min

    The sound-track of this film consists of a monologue by Robert Wolfgang Schnell. His voice speaks on behalf of the landscape. Words uttered by a channel are superimposed on images of a desolate fishing village on the East Frisian coast. "Ich bin ein altes Siel, an dessen Ende ein Dorf liegt." The channel tells its story in a poetical manner while observing the inhabitants of the village. "Sie mochten vergessen, daB ich, das alte Siel, es bin, das ihr Leben bestimmt. Ich altes Siel ziehe leise ins Meer, und wenn meine Wasser sich mit ihm unlöslich verbunden hat, treffe ich draussen einen vom Siel einen kleinen Matrosen, den ich mit meinen alten Wassern erzogen habe, dem Meer zu vertrauen und seinem Schiff." The images lead from the sea to the village, they show the people, the fishermen and their boats, the local bar, and they return to the sea again. By using an identical camera movement, the beginning and end of this movie are linked together as in a cycle, thus emphasizing the timeless character of the landscape.


    • Mohamed Siam
    • 2017
    • 83 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World

    At age 14, Amal is already taking part in protests on Tahrir Square. In the years after, she searches for her identity in a country in transition.

    Anna Zeit Land

    • Christoph Hübner
    • 1993
    • 100 min

    In ANNA ZEIT LAND, the borderline between documentary and fiction has been completely eliminated. The film follows two women on their separate tours of Germany in the turbulent years 1989-1993. Both women are called Anna and both characters are enacted. One of the Annas is from East Germany, the other from West Germany; one of them collects 'sounds', like political speeches and musical fragments, the other gathers images. This construction enabled filmmaker Christoph Hübner to reflect on the German present and past. ANNA ZEIT LAND does not tell a narrative, logical story - the film was made without a script - but is an associative quest for the significance and identity of present-day Germany. Armed with a photo-camera and a tape recorder, both Annas register reality as they approach it, without judging it (in advance). Open-minded and impromptu, they find themselves in an alienating world, where ideologies have been declared obsolete. The only thing that counts is the present, as the working title of the film, 'Abschied von Morgen', indicates. Christoph Hübner has worked on this film for four years. The extraordinary montage by Gabrielle Voss took up one year.


    • Axel Engstfeld
    • 1988

    Antarctica, the only continent on our planet that has not yet been colonized. The last piece of land where nature has not been violated by human acitivities. This virginity is in grave danger now that a number of countries claim a part of this territory which abounds in a variety of minerals and takes a strategically interesting position on the map of the earth. If Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, Norway, and Great Britain are allowed to go ahead environmental pollution will set in here, too, and several species of animals will be threatened. In 1984, the organization for environmental conservation Greenpeace decided to undertake a spectacular journey to Antarctica to found the first base of an organization of their kind on Antarctica, in the direct vicinity of the enormous American McMurdo Station, to direct the attention of the world to the threatened state this continent is in, and to symbolically declare the territory a protected world-park. On 12 February 1986, the expedition had to break off its voyage owing to extremely bad weather conditions and attendant massive ice-packs. The subsequent year the journey did succeed. The film maker Axel Engstfeld, indignant at the power-politics of countries that wish to conquer and ransack the last pieces of pure nature, took part in this expedition. In this film he takes the viewer along into the imposing scenery of Antarctica and, at the same time, he adds force to the protest of Greenpeace.