All Documentaries

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

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    De aanhankelijkheid

    • Roel van Broekhoven
    • 1989
    • 13 min

    Ceausescu is (for the last time) elected leader by the people's congress. The uprising in Romania starts on the day the programme is broadcast. Two weeks later, Ceausescu is dead.


    • John Fernhout
    • 1958
    • 16 min
    • Focus: Dutch Docs ’45 - ’65

    Portrait of the Windward Islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao and life in these overseas territories.

    About Canto

    • Ramon Gieling
    • 2011
    • 78 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

    A journey into the mystery that is Canto Ostinato, a composition that has dramatically affected the lives of many people.

    About Love; Mr. & Mrs. Chan

    • Ting Chan
    • 2008
    • 25 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    This observation of Ting Chan's parents, who emigrated from Hong Kong to the Netherlands after their arranged marriage is at the same time an indirect self-analysis by the filmmaker.

    According to Protocol

    • Anne-Marieke Graafmans
    • 2015
    • 49 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    The performance of two emergency call operators comes under scrutiny with the introduction of a new and more commercial protocol.

    Achter gesloten ogen

    • Foundation Dovana Films
    • 2000
    • 100 min
    • Regular program: Highlights of the Lowlands

    Four war children from Liberia, Kosovo, Cambodia and Rwanda, portrayed in their lives after the war.


    • Ester Gould
    • 2005
    • 15 min

    Five boys are taking a course on how to deal with aggression and talk frankly about their experiences.

    The African Dream: the Black Star

    • Periscope Productions
    • 1997
    • 52 min
    • Regular program: Highlights of the Lowlands

    In most African countries soccer players lead a poor existence, let alone that their sport will ever enable them to support themselves. Therefore it is not surprising that, when they get the chance to start a life as a professional soccer player elsewhere - usually in Europe -, they eagerly seize the opportunity. After all, in many cases they have to support their families as well. Hoping to discover new ‘Babangidas’, European talent scouts travel to Africa and offer all kinds of trial contracts to young players. THE AFRICAN DREAM: THE BLACK STAR follows the vicissitudes of the 16-year-old Nigerian boy Indy N‘Duibuisi, who has been given employment at a Belgian club by one such soccer broker. The young player gradually finds out that he is merely a pawn in an obscure game. Manu Riche (Hasselt, 1964) has made various documentaries for the Flemish broadcaster BRTN.


    • Digna Sinke
    • 1990
    • 5 min

    Afstand van de berg

    • Eugène van den Bosch
    • 1990