All Documentaries

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

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    Migration (29)

    Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

    • Steve James
    • 2016
    • 90 min
    • Masters

    Not all bankers escaped prosecution in the U.S. mortgage crisis: a small Chinese-American family bank spent years fighting in the courts.

    Ahmad's Hair

    • Susan Koenen
    • 2016
    • 16 min
    • IDFA School Program

    Syrian refugee Ahmad (12) is busy trying to make Dutch friends. It turns out he's also on a personal, heart-warming mission.


    • Clare Weiskopf
    • 2016
    • 82 min
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

    Clare was 11 years old when her mother swapped family life for seclusion in the jungle. 30 years later, she decides to confront her mother with the choices she made.

    Another News Story

    • Orban Wallace
    • 2017
    • 84 min
    • Best of Fests

    A caravan of refugees and journalists makes its way across Europe, one group in search of safety, the other after a good story.

    Bolingo. The Forest of Love

    • Alejandro G. Salgado
    • 2016
    • 55 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

    These testimonies of five African women making the perilous journey from Africa to Europe are celebrations of motherhood, capturing their courage, hope and resilience.

    Bury Me, My Love

    • Florent Maurin
    • 2017
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab: Uncharted Rituals

    In this surprising, interactive smartphone app, you play Majd from Syria, whose young wife is trying to escape to Europe.

    Children of Chance

    • Thierry Michel
    • 2017
    • 100 min
    • Masters

    In a Belgian mining town, the descendants of former migrant guest workers get ready for high school.  

    Hello Salaam

    • Kim Brand
    • 2017
    • 16 min
    • IDFA Junior

    Two friends travel to a refugee camp in Greece to meet Syrian refugees their age and see how they're coping.

    A Home for Lydia

    • Eline Helena Schellekens
    • 2013
    • 17 min
    • IDFA Junior

    Lydia was born in the Netherlands but is still waiting on a residence permit. She tells her story, partly in songs she wrote herself.

    Human Flow

    • Ai Weiwei
    • 2017
    • 140 min
    • Masters

    Ai Weiwei depicts the global refugee crisis using strong and confronting images, forcing us to look beyond the anonymous headlines.