All Documentaries

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

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    • Maysoon El-Massry
    • 2015
    • 20 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    Every day, the frail 86-year-old Aida pushes her wheelchair full of roses and unwanted knickknacks through the busy traffic of Alexandria, Egypt.

    Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer

    • Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill
    • 2003
    • 89 min
    • The Visual Voice

    For the second time, Nick Broomfield focuses on the tragic fate of Aileen Wuornos, "America’s first female serial killer."


    • Wang Bing
    • 2012
    • 89 min
    • Regular program: Top 10

    A poignant portrait of three Chinese sisters aged four, six and ten, who live in the mountains without parents.

    American Epic: The Big Bang

    • Bernard MacMahon
    • 2015
    • 53 min
    • Regular program: Music Documentary

    This exciting documentary illustrates the birth of American popular music in the 1920s, focusing on the Carter Family and the Memphis Jug Band in particular.

    American Vagabond

    • Susanna Helke
    • 2013
    • 85 min
    • Regular program: Masters

    James is 18 and gay, and his parents have rejected him. He moves to San Francisco, the "gayest city in the world," but ends up on the street.

    Among the Believers

    • Hemal Trivedi, Mohammed Ali Naqvi
    • 2015
    • 84 min
    • Regular program: Best of Fests, Focus: Benjamin Barber: Jihad vs. McWorld 2015

    A unique, disturbing glance inside the Red Mosque movement, a network of schools in Pakistan that promotes radical Islam.

    Another Life

    • Alexandre Dereims
    • 2011
    • 80 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    The filmmaker joins a perilous journey made by many young Africans across the Sahara into Libya. From here, they will cross to Italy.

    The Barrel

    • Anabel Rodríguez Ríos
    • 2013
    • 11 min
    • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

    Luis David lives in Congo Mirador, literally in Lake Maracaibo – the biggest oil field in Venezuela. He is looking for an oil drum to race in.

    A Bastard Child

    • Knutte Wester
    • 2016
    • 57 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

    In an exceptional mix of animation and archive footage, artist Knutte Wester tells the story of his grandmother, who grew up with the stigma of being illegitimate.

    The Bed Is Broken

    • Raluca Racean Gorgos
    • 2013
    • 24 min
    • Paradocs

    Two Romanian boys roam around an abandoned building, looking for metal to sell to the scrap dealer.