All Documentaries

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

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    • Maysoon El-Massry
    • 2015
    • 20 min

    Every day, the frail 86-year-old Aida pushes her wheelchair full of roses and unwanted knickknacks through the busy traffic of Alexandria, Egypt.

    All My Fathers

    • Jan Raiber
    • 2010
    • 89 min

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

    The Ambassador & Me

    • Jan Czarlewski
    • 2011
    • 16 min

    Jan Czarlewski films his father, a national hero and diplomat, in order to recoup some of the attention he missed out on due to the man's busy life.

    Arlette - Courage Is a Muscle

    • Florian Hoffmann
    • 2015
    • 84 min

    Fifteen-year-old Arlette from the Central African Republic travels to Germany for medical treatment; culture shock and the advent of adulthood coincide.

    The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist

    • Mark Columbus
    • 2012
    • 7 min

    The filmmaker's inner monologue brings new meaning to this homage to his father's painful musical struggle.

    The Betrayal

    • Karen Winther
    • 2011
    • 64 min

    As a teenage member of the Norwegian squatting community, Karen made a terrible mistake. Now she is looking for an explanation and hoping for forgiveness.

    Beyond Wriezen

    • Daniel Abma
    • 2012
    • 87 min

    Three young Germans recently released from prison return to society. Cool, restrained camerawork, but not without the warmth of human feelings.

    Book of Miri

    • Katrine Philp
    • 2009
    • 29 min

    In daily life, Miri is a rather lonely librarian; on her blog, she has created a glamorous alter ego.


    • Meg Smaker
    • 2015
    • 15 min

    One woman defies Fidel Castro’s ban on female boxing to follow her dreams of Olympic glory and become Cuba’s first female boxer.

    The Bride

    • Joël Curtz
    • 2012
    • 40 min

    Hitchhiking dressed as a bride, artist Pippa Bacca wanted to bring peace and love to the Middle East, but she was found murdered near Istanbul.