All Documentaries

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

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    40-70 min. (1611)

    A Far Cry

    • Stephen Peet
    • 1959
    • 40 min

    In 1958, the 'Save the Children Fund' asked Stephen Peet to make a film about the Fund's work in South Korea, some years after the Korean War had ended. The purpose of the film was to raise funds. In order to keep the expenses as low as possible, Peet left for Korea alone with his Bolex camera and a few reels of black-and-white film, and worked with an interpreter there. He was shocked and angry because of what he saw in South Korea, particularly the bad living conditions of the people. He wanted to convey those emotions in his film. He filmed for two months in and around the city of Pusan.

    A Man With HIV

    • Tong Li
    • 1999
    • 49 min
    • China Transit

    After volunteering as a blood donor, the HIV virus is found in 31-year-old Li Ziliang. He is immediately fired by his boss for fear of infection. Every time he walks on the street, he is surrounded by groups of people that stare at him. ‘One touch and you’re finished’, one of them thinks. ‘People with AIDS should be cursed. Only immoral people get AIDS’, another one comments. Nobody wants to sell anything to Li, because they do not want to touch the money that has passed through his hands. Only in distant Beijing can he walk around undisturbed. His wife is at her wit’s end, too, because she also lost all her friends. One day, she gets on her bicycle and never returns. She leaves Li behind with three children, who will not find anyone to take care of them after he has passed away.

    About a Farm

    • Mervi Junkkonen
    • 2005
    • 52 min
    • Green Screen

    A quiet observation of the farewell process of director Junkkonen's parents, who for lack of a successor shut down their farm and face new worries.

    Abu Jamil Street

    • Monchovet Alexis, Stephane Marchetti
    • 2010
    • 52 min
    • Panorama

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

    The Accidental Terrorist

    • Miki Mistrati, Nagieb Khaja
    • 2009
    • 40 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

    A Danish Muslim of Turkish origin wonders how it came to be that a man with a similar background and of a similar age was imprisoned as a terrorist.

    According to Protocol

    • Anne-Marieke Graafmans
    • 2015
    • 49 min
    • Panorama

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

    Action Stations

    • Joris Ivens
    • 1943
    • 50 min

    A tribute to the Royal Canadian Navy. Action Stations is a report on the protection of convoys from Canada to England and Russia during World War II. Ivens follows a convoy until it is taken over by the English Navy.

    Ada Gallery

    • Uladzimir Kolas
    • 2008
    • 53 min
    • Panorama

    Under the motto "Beauty influences people," Ada Raichonak organises a painting festival each year in her village in rural Belarus.

    Addicted to Freedom

    • Flávia Lins e Silva, Vinícius Reis
    • 2003
    • 52 min
    • Jan Vrijman Fund

    At 88 years of age, a courageous Brazilian lawyer returns to court. His granddaughter makes a film about him and their society.

    Addicted to Solitude

    • Jon Bang Carlsen
    • 1999
    • 60 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    Very personal travelogue about South Africa in the post-apartheid years.