All Documentaries

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

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    Mexico (16)

    All of Me

    • Arturo Gonzalez Villaseñor
    • 2014
    • 90 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    Every day for almost 20 years now, the women of La Patrona in Mexico have given food to illegal migrants traveling as stowaways on a train headed toward the United States.

    Beauties of the Night

    • Maria José Cuevas
    • 2016
    • 91 min
    • Regular program: Best of Fests

    These older Mexican showgirls had their heyday in the 1970s, but they are still celebrating their love of beauty – and the spotlight.

    Cartel Land

    • Matthew Heineman
    • 2015
    • 98 min
    • Regular program: Best of Fests, Focus: Benjamin Barber: Jihad vs. McWorld 2015

    A haunting, disturbing portrait of vigilantes who combat organized crime on either side of the Mexican-American border.


    • Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
    • 2017
    • 93 min
    • Music Documentary

    The life story of popular singer Chavela Vargas mirrors her haunting rancheras about despair, loneliness and heartbreak.

    Devil's Freedom

    • Everardo González
    • 2017
    • 74 min
    • Masters

    Candid interviews with both victims and perpetrators create an impression of how systematic violence is devastating Mexican society.

    The Holy Mountain

    • Alejandro Jodorowsky
    • 1973
    • 114 min
    • Top 10

    A surreal tale brimming with visual metaphors about a hippie-like Christ figure and an alchemist in a world of earthly temptations and cruelty.

    Juan Perros

    • Rodrigo Imaz
    • 2016
    • 34 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    An atmospheric portrait of a philosophical eccentric who lives with his pigs and a pack of dogs next to a garbage dump in the Mexican desert.

    Just Playing with the Birds

    • Simona Canonica
    • 2014
    • 88 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    So close to the promised land, yet so far away. In a dusty Mexican village, even dreams of the future just seem to evaporate.

    Kingdom of Shadows

    • Bernardo Ruiz
    • 2015
    • 73 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    The stories of an activist, a special agent and a former drug smuggler provide a poignant picture of the Mexican drug war.

    El mar la mar

    • Joshua Bonnetta, J.P. Sniadecki
    • 2017
    • 95 min
    • Paradocs

    In the Sonoran Desert, thousands of illegal Mexican immigrants have died since the 1990s. A political and social documentary of this region as a poetic nature film.