All Documentaries

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

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    Syria (32)

    Aleppo's Fall

    • Nizam Najar
    • 2017
    • 85 min
    • Panorama

    Years of war have failed to weaken the position of President Bashar al-Assad. Embedded with the rebels, filmmaker Nizam Najjar investigates why.

    Aleppo: The Silence of the War

    • Amir Osanlou
    • 2018
    • 30 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    Powerful images of devastation in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The sounds of war have fallen quiet, and all that remains is a terrifying silence.

    As If We Were Catching a Cobra

    • Hala Alabdalla
    • 2012
    • 122 min
    • Best of Fests

    A documentary about freedom of expression for political cartoonists in Syria and Egypt suddenly becomes highly topical when the Arab Spring takes place during filming.

    Black Stones

    • usama ghanoum
    • 2017
    • 48 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary, Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World

    Caught in the cross fire during the siege of Homs, people try to carry on with their lives.


    • Sara Fattahi
    • 2018
    • 95 min
    • Best of Fests, Me

    What does war do to your mind? Three Syrian women make us their companions in grief and inner disengagement. Winner of a Golden Leopard at Locarno.

    Dugma: The Button

    • Paul Salahadin Refsdal
    • 2016
    • 58 min
    • Best of Fests

    In this intimate portrait, two jihadists awaiting a suicide mission for the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda talk about themselves and their loved ones.

    Echoes of IS

    • Tessa Louise Pope
    • 2017
    • IDFA School Program

    This poignant, nuanced web documentary features 12 people talking about how IS has changed their lives.

    The Father, the Son and the Holy Jihad

    • Stéphane Malterre
    • 2016
    • 120 min
    • Panorama

    The controversial, tragic tale of the Ayachis, a French-Syrian family. First the son and then the father are drawn into the jihad in Syria.

    A Flood in Baath Country

    • Omar Amiralay
    • 2004
    • 47 min
    • Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World

    The local government of a village on the banks of Lake Assad reflects the autocracy introduced by the Ba'ath Party.

    The Greatest Sacrifice

    • Eyad Aljarod
    • 2018
    • 96 min
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

    Over the course of 3 years, filmmaker Eyad Aljarod records how peaceful protest turns into deadly conflict in his Syrian hometown Saraqeb.