All Documentaries

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

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    Absence

    • Ekta Mittal
    • 2018
    • 80 min
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance, Space

    A poetic interpretation of the pain caused by the separation from loved ones who left their villages for the city years ago.

    American Vagabond

    • Susanna Helke
    • 2013
    • 85 min
    • Masters

    James is 18 and gay, and his parents have rejected him. He moves to San Francisco, the "gayest city in the world," but ends up on the street.

    And What Is the Summer Saying

    • Payal Kapadia
    • 2018
    • 24 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    A gloriously shot film poem about the Indian village of Kondwall, its inhabitants and the surrounding flora and fauna.

    Ask the Sexpert

    • Vaishali Sinha
    • 2017
    • 83 min
    • Best of Fests

    An affectionate portrait of a 93-year-old Indian "sexpert," whose hugely popular newspaper column tackles taboo topics. 

    Atman

    • Pirjo Honkasalo
    • 1996
    • 76 min
    • Camera in Focus

    The pilgrimage of two Indian brothers to the source of the Ganges serves as a powerful portrait of religious India.

    Back to the Taj Mahal Hotel

    • Carina Molier
    • 2017
    • 70 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary, IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

    Witnesses of the attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai look back and reflect on existential questions about fear, freedom and security.

    Cecilia

    • Pankaj Johar
    • 2015
    • 85 min
    • Panorama

    A personal and grueling quest for justice in the case of the mysterious suicide of a 14-year-old girl in Delhi.

    The Cinema Travellers

    • Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya
    • 2016
    • 96 min
    • Best of Fests

    An affectionate, melancholy ode to a vanishing phenomenon in rural India: the traveling cinema. Can the ancient projector compete with TV?

    Coal India

    • Felix Röben, Ajay Koli
    • 2015
    • 47 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    A visual essay on physical labor and its cyclical movements in the coalfields near Dhanbad, India.

    Delhi - Mumbai - Delhi

    • Saba Dewan
    • 2006
    • 63 min
    • Jan Vrijman Fund

    An intimate portrait of Riya, a young woman who tries to make a better future for herself and her family by dancing in the bars of Mumbai.

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