All Documentaries

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

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    Behemoth

    • 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.

    Blue Orchids

    • Johan Grimonprez
    • 2017
    • 48 min
    • Paradocs

    A double portrait of two experts situated on opposite ends of the same issue—the global arms trade.   

    Bright Leaves

    • Ross McElwee
    • 2003
    • 107 min
    • Top 10

    Ross McElwee, the great-grandson of a tobacco tycoon, returns to his hometown in North Carolina to film this darkly comical take on the legacy of the tobacco industry.

    China's Van Goghs

    • Haibo Yu, Kiki Tianqi Yu
    • 2016
    • 81 min
    • Panorama

    A Chinese replica painter feels a deep affinity with Van Gogh and travels to Amsterdam to find the spirit of his own work.

    Chinese Verses

    • Feiyue Wu, Xiaoyu Qin
    • 2015
    • 96 min
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

    Chinese factory workers use poetry to break with their anonymity in candid expressions of their feelings and their hardships.

    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.

    Coeurope

    • Giovanni Troilo
    • 2016
    • 61 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

    Beneath an unchanging gray blanket of clouds, inhabitants of the once flourishing industrial city of Charleroi, Belgium try to keep it together in a changing world.

    Cue China

    • Ant Hampton
    • 2014
    • 28 min
    • DocLab: Seamless Reality

    This installation lifts unknown Chinese factory workers out of anonymity – suddenly, they are right before our eyes. On-site reservation required.

    Eating Animals

    • Christopher Quinn
    • 2017
    • 94 min
    • Best of Fests

    A compelling, richly documented plea to curb the excesses of factory farming, based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer. 

    Flint Is a Place

    • Zackary Canepari
    • 2016
    • DocLab: Elastic Reality

    A powerful, stylized portrayal of the pride, hope and pent-up anger felt by the people of Flint, Michigan, a symbol of all that can go wrong with the American Dream.

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