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.

    The Dream of Shahrazad

    • François Verster
    • 2014
    • 107 min
    • Regular program: 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.

    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.

    Exhausting a Crowd

    • Kyle McDonald
    • 2015
    • 720 min
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

    This addictive tableau vivant of a packed Piccadilly Circus allows observers to attach a limitless number of comment “tags” to the people in the crowd.


    • Zofia Pregowska
    • 2014
    • 22 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    An intimate portrait of Krystyna, an elderly Polish poet preparing for a performance. She may be blind but is certainly not defeated, as is evidenced by her eloquent poetry.