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

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    Japan (30)

    Abandoned Land

    • Gilles Laurent
    • 2016
    • 73 min
    • Panorama

    A thoughtful portrait of the people who have returned to their homes in the evacuated zone around the Fukushima nuclear power station, despite the radioactivity.


    • Chris Marker
    • 1985
    • 75 min
    • Paradocs: Barbara Visser - The Making of Movies

    A behind-the-scenes portrait of great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa shot on the set of Ran: a work of art on the making of a work of art.


    • Naomi Kawase
    • 2006
    • 39 min
    • Me

    This intensely intimate and sometimes painful film is part of Naomi Kawase’s series of short films about her adoptive mother.


    • Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
    • 2017
    • 96 min
    • Paradocs

    A shocking, fascinating and intimate portrait of Japanese cannibal Issei Sagawa and his brother.

    Chikara - The Sumo Wrestler's Son

    • Simon Lereng Wilmont, Simon Wilmont
    • 2013
    • 32 min
    • Kids & Docs

    Chikara is a 10-year-old sumo wrestler hoping to win an important match and make his father proud, but he is beset by feelings of insecurity.

    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.


    • Naomi Kawase
    • 1992
    • 40 min
    • Me

    In this first film in a short series about her family, Naomi Kawase searches for her father.

    Extremely Private Eros: Love Song 1974

    • Kazuo Hara
    • 1974
    • 98 min
    • Me

    A taboo-breaking report on what the sexual revolution does to the filmmaker and to the woman who leaves him to find herself.

    Gaea Girls

    • Kim Longinotto, Jano Williams
    • 2000
    • 106 min
    • Special Industry Screening

    Portrait of a rigorous training camp for Japanese professional female wrestlers.


    • Yung Chang
    • 2016
    • 39 min
    • Panorama

    Langs de rotskust van Tojinbo loopt oud-politierechercheur Yukio Shige zijn patrouilles om potentiële ‘springers’ te weerhouden van een wanhoopsdaad.