All Documentaries

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

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    • Stan Neumann
    • 2014
    • 90 min
    • Panorama

    The intimate relationship between book and filmmaker becomes tangible in this largely fictionalized vision on the eponymous novel by W. G. Sebald.

    Best of Enemies

    • Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon
    • 2015
    • 88 min
    • Masters

    This fierce TV debate between political opponents in 1968 is a frightening harbinger of today’s unforgiving media landscape in the United States.

    Censored Voices

    • Mor Loushy
    • 2015
    • 84 min
    • Best of Fests

    In this revealing historical documentary, Israeli soldiers provide eyewitness accounts of the Six Day War. Their ambivalence stands in great contrast to the heroism on the news.

    Chinese Verses

    • Feiyue Wu, Xiaoyu Qin
    • 2015
    • 96 min
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

    Chinese factory workers use poetry to break with their anonymity in candid expressions of their feelings and their hardships.

    Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders

    • Joe Berlinger
    • 2017
    • 168 min
    • Masters

    Surprising aspects of the Clutter murders, made world-famous through Truman Capote's international best-seller In Cold Blood, are revealed in this painstaking reconstruction.

    A Dinner with Frankenstein AI

    • Lance Weiler, Nick Fortugno, Rachel Ginsberg
    • 2018
    • 90 min
    • DocLab Humanoid Cookbook, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

    An intimate dinner experience that delves deeply into the tensions between human and machine. 

    The Dream of Shahrazad

    • François Verster
    • 2014
    • 107 min
    • Masters

    A fascinating journey through the Eastern tradition of storytelling and a celebration of the solace it can offer in the wake of contemporary outbreaks of violence.

    Dreaming Murakami

    • Nitesh Anjaan
    • 2017
    • 58 min
    • Panorama

    Surreal elements enrich this portrait of Mette Holm, who has been translating the work of Murakami into Danish for many years.

    Eat | Tech | Kitchen

    • Klasien van de Zandschulp, Emilie Baltz
    • 2018
    • DocLab Humanoid Cookbook, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

    A rudimentary chatbot breathes new life into La cucina futurista (Futurist Cooking) (1932) by translating dreams of the future into new recipes and table rituals. On-site reservation required.

    Ex Libris - The New York Public Library

    • Frederick Wiseman
    • 2017
    • 197 min
    • Masters

    A fascinating exploration of The New York Public Library by Frederick Wiseman, a master of the cinéma vérité genre.