All Documentaries

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

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    China (59)

    After 6/4

    • Jiao Chen
    • 2014
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab: Immersive Reality

    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.

    Ai Weiwei The Fake Case

    • Andreas Johnsen
    • 2013
    • 86 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    After three months of solitary confinement, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei wonders about the toll his activism is taking.


    • Wang Bing
    • 2012
    • 89 min
    • Top 10

    A poignant portrait of three Chinese sisters aged four, six and ten, who live in the mountains without parents.


    • Rikun Zhu
    • 2018
    • 78 min
    • Best of Fests

    A powerful cinema verité documentary about 10-year-old Anni, who gets banned from school because of her father’s resistance to the repressive Chinese regime.

    As Time Goes By in Shanghai

    • Uli Gaulke
    • 2013
    • 90 min
    • Best of Fests

    A passion for music has protected the oldest jazz band in the world from the ravages of time, but it has also left its mark on them.


    • Jiawei Ning
    • 2017
    • 63 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

    Amidst a snowy landscape, a Chinese fisherman readies his boat for spring in this wordless experimental film.


    • Liang Zhao
    • 2015
    • 90 min
    • Masters

    The Chinese mining industry has devastating effects on people and nature, creating something more akin to Dante’s Hell than the intended prosperous paradise.

    The Cave

    • Qi Zhao
    • 2017
    • 13 min
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, DocLab: Uncharted Rituals

    An overwhelming VR experience that gives the sensation of exploring one of the stunningly painted Mogao caves in China. On-site reservation required.

    China Blue

    • Micha X. Peled
    • 2005
    • 87 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    A critical glimpse behind the gates of a Chinese jeans factory, where women produce denim for westerners for a pittance.

    China Heavyweight

    • Yung Chang
    • 2012
    • 93 min
    • Best of Fests

    An observational documentary on the rise of the Western sport of boxing in China. Will the young talents fight for their country, or themselves?