All Documentaries

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

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    • Tatsuya Mori
    • 2001
    • 131 min

    Revealing portrait, filmed from the inside, of the religious sect Aum Shinrikyo, responsible for the gas attack on a subway station in Tokyo.

    Abduction the Megumi Yokota Story

    • Chris Sheridan, Patty Kim
    • 2006
    • 85 min

    A Japanese couple tries to find out the truth about their daughter, who was kidnapped as a 13-year-old by the North Korean secret service in 1977.


    • Ken'ichi Oguri
    • 2001
    • 101 min

    Account of a three months stay in America of two mental handicapped boys from Japan.

    Alexei and the Spring

    • Seiichi Motohashi
    • 2002
    • 104 min

    Life in Budische calmly carries on for 55 elderly locals and the younger Alexei, all of whom refused to be evacuated after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

    Am I Dreaming of Others, or Are Others Dreaming of Me?

    • Shigeo Arikawa
    • 2014
    • 11 min

    This surreal dream simulation is simultaneously familiar and discomfiting as it lets go of the linear time frame and sidelines language.

    Arakajime usinawareta koibitotachi yo

    • Tahara Soichiro, Shimizu Kunio
    • 1971
    • 123 min

    Feature film in which a robber becomes obsessed with a deaf-and-dumb couple who are painted gold.


    • Travis Klose
    • 2004
    • 80 min

    A dazzling impression of the work and methods of the Japanese `pornographic' photographer Nobuyoshi Arakari.

    Aruhi no higata

    • Kenji Shimomura
    • 1940
    • 14 min

    It took 2 years to complete locationing on the dry beaches of Gyotoku in Chiba and Ariake bay in Kyushu. The film captures the diversity of life on the dry beach from small shellfish to bird. Use of telescopic lenses and the patience of the crew were well rewarded in the form of vivid image throughout the film. This was the second film Kenji Simomura (1903?67) directed. He was a self taught ornithologist who had no experience in filmmaking before he joined the educational/scientific film company, Riken Kagaku Eiga. The film received various awards of the year, and established Simomura as a talented documentary maker.

    Black Emperor

    • Yanagimachi Mitsuo
    • 1976
    • 91 min

    'Black Emperor' is the name of a group of motorcyclists in Tokyo. The group bases its image on the Hell's Angels, but goes further in using Nazi symbols and in demonstrating total subjection of its members to their leader. Black Emperor's members are often kids that have been kicked out of school and cannot sustain a single day of work. Their dissatisfaction and aggression are expressed in the group that functions according to fascist principles. The documentary attempts to sketch a picture, from the inside, of the world these youngsters live in. Mitsuo has filmed their rites, their habits, and their intimidations toward other groups. Furthermore, he shows the efects of their deeds. The gang-members are convicted for their crimes but this often remains without far-reaching consequences. The Japanese court, with its strict values and standards, clashes with the Black Emperor's rites. It is extremely difficult to change the situation around these youngsters by social assistance or by a mother's testimony against her son. The mutual bond between the young people is much stronger than the standards that society or their family enforces on them. The documentary is a cleverly shot and daring product that displays a totally unknown Japanese subculture.


    • Amlan Datta
    • 2011
    • 117 min

    The harmony in a mountain village in India gets disrupted by the building of a dam and a ban on the traditional cultivation of cannabis.