All Documentaries

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

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    Brazil (24)

    Aracati

    • Aline Portugal, Julia De Simone
    • 2015
    • 62 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

    As the wind blows across northeastern Brazil, people talk about the changes here. Meanwhile, the landscape speaks its own language.  

    Bird Skin

    • Clara Peltier
    • 2015
    • 20 min
    • Panorama

    A Brazilian dancer named Tuane transcends her life in the favelas with dazzling performances in glittering costumes.

    Building Bridges

    • Heloisa Azevedo Passos
    • 2017
    • 73 min
    • Panorama

    Personal conversations between a father and daughter expose a generation gap, while also shedding light on Brazil’s contemporary political and economic structures.

    Dominguinhos

    • Eduardo Nazarian, Joaquim Castro, Mariana Aydar
    • 2014
    • 86 min
    • Music Documentary

    A portrait in dreamlike, impressionist images of accordion virtuoso Dominguinhos, an ardent advocate of traditional Brazilian music.

    Fire Mouth

    • Luciano Pérez Fernández
    • 2017
    • 9 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    Graphic, black-and-white shots of a searingly hot day at a Brazilian soccer stadium, set to a soundtrack dominated by Didi "Fire Mouth" Souza’s impassioned radio commentary.

    Gabriel Reports the World Cup

    • Els van Driel
    • 2014
    • 17 min
    • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

    Fledgling Brazilian journalist Gabriel filmed the demolition of his neighborhood, which had to make way for a train line because of the World Cup.

    Híbridos, the Spirits of Brazil

    • Vincent Moon, Priscilla Telmon
    • 2017
    • 88 min
    • Music Documentary

    An exploration of religious, spiritualist and shamanistic ritual in Brazil, bringing us as close as possible to trance and ecstasy.

    In the Intense Now

    • João Moreira Salles
    • 2017
    • 127 min
    • Masters

    Scenes from the May 1968 uprising in Paris are intercut with a journey through Mao’s China in this film about the inevitable disappointment after "the intense now."

    Jonas and the Backyard Circus

    • Paula Gomes
    • 2015
    • 80 min
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

    In this chronicle of the miracle of childhood and the agony of growing up, 13-year-old Jonas dreams of becoming a circus artiste.

    Kids Rights: Gabriel

    • Iris Kleinsman, Yvonne Roerdink
    • 2012
    • 5 min
    • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

    In this episode from the Kids' Rights series, we meet funk-loving 11-year-old Gabriël from Rio de Janeiro. His father is dead because he was a drug criminal.

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