All Documentaries

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

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    • Lina Plioplyte
    • 2014
    • 72 min
    • Regular program: Best of Fests

    A colorful and intimate portrait of seven New York ladies who make growing old fabulous with their snazzy style, glamour and zest.

    After 6/4

    • Jiao Chen
    • 2014
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

    Protest or riot? A comparison of reporting on unrest at Tiananmen Square in 1989 shows how various versions of the news crystallize into historical fact.

    Austerlitz

    • Stan Neumann
    • 2014
    • 90 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

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

    Bert Stern, Original Madman

    • Shannah Laumeister
    • 2011
    • 93 min
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

    This portrait of celebrity photographer Bert Stern turns out to be a mirror gag between the 82-year-old and his muse, 40 years his junior, who also directed the film.

    Blood Brothers

    • Marco Espírito Santo, Miguel Coimbra
    • 2015
    • 6 min
    • Paradocs

    An exhilarating soundtrack accompanies Portuguese bullfighters as they return to the arena for the first time since the death of their leader.

    The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography

    • Errol Morris
    • 2016
    • 76 min
    • Regular program: Masters

    A portrait of the photographer Elsa Dorfman (b. 1937), who captured thousands of famous and unknown subjects using a rare large-format Polaroid camera.

    Chanel Aubazine - Paris

    • Jérôme Schlomoff
    • 2011
    • 4 min
    • Paradocs

    A journey, recorded using a pinhole camera, to places where French fashion designer Coco Chanel lived and worked - the similarities between them are revealing.

    Conversations in Vermont

    • Robert Frank
    • 1969
    • 26 min
    • Focus: Don't Blink: Robert Frank

    Robert Frank took thousands of pictures of his family. Now, his children are teenagers and it’s time for meaningful conversations – some painful, some liberating.

    Cowbird

    • Jonathan Harris
    • 2011
    • Jonathan Harris Retrospective

    An online platform where users can share their life stories in pictures, text and audio.

    Cucalu: Rediscover Reality

    • Daniel Disselkoen
    • 2014
    • DocLab: Immersive Reality

    This interactive iPhone game gets its players to take a fresh look at the world around them by having them photograph circles, squares and triangles in their hometown.

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