All Documentaries

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

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    According to Protocol

    • Anne-Marieke Graafmans
    • 2015
    • 49 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    The performance of two emergency call operators comes under scrutiny with the introduction of a new and more commercial protocol.

    Ask the Sexpert

    • Vaishali Sinha
    • 2017
    • 83 min
    • Best of Fests

    An affectionate portrait of a 93-year-old Indian "sexpert," whose hugely popular newspaper column tackles taboo topics.

    • Andrew Wong, James Thompson
    • 2016
    • DocLab: Uncharted Rituals

    A funny, moving and confrontational interactive collage of snapshots from thousands of YouTube films that are rarely or never viewed.


    • Liang Zhao
    • 2015
    • 90 min
    • Regular program: 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.


    • Andres Veiel
    • 2017
    • 107 min
    • Masters

    The groundbreaking intellectual legacy of German artist Joseph Beuys, in the form of a dynamic portrait packed with never-before-seen archive material.


    • Clement Cogitore
    • 2017
    • 49 min
    • Panorama

    Two self-sufficient families in the remote wilderness of the Siberian tundra refuse to speak to each other. Meanwhile, the virgin forest is under threat from the outside world.

    Building Bridges

    • Heloisa Azevedo Passos
    • 2017
    • 73 min
    • Panorama

    Personal conversations between a father and daughter expose a generation gap, while also shedding light on Brazil’s contemporary political and economic structures.

    The Chinese Mayor

    • Hao Zhou
    • 2015
    • 87 min
    • Regular program: Best of Fests, Focus: Benjamin Barber: Jihad vs. McWorld 2015

    The mayor of the Chinese city of Datong embarks on an immense demolition and building project to transform his city into a tourist attraction.


    • 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.

    The Colonial Misunderstanding

    • Jean-Marie Teno
    • 2004
    • 75 min
    • Focus: Shifting Perspectives

    Before colonization, the missionaries came to Africa. Documentary filmmaker Jean-Marie Teno shows how they paved the way for European rule.