All Documentaries

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

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    Am I Dreaming of Others, or Are Others Dreaming of Me?

    • Shigeo Arikawa
    • 2014
    • 11 min
    • Paradocs: Amsterdam Art Weekend at IDFA

    This surreal dream simulation is simultaneously familiar and discomfiting as it lets go of the linear time frame and sidelines language.

    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 Big Fix

    • Josh Tickell
    • 2011
    • 88 min
    • Best of Fests

    Taking the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as their point of departure, the filmmakers deliver a personal and lively cinematic plea for biofuel.

    Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah

    • Kevin Triplett
    • 2011
    • 79 min
    • IDFA Competition for Music Documentary

    A unique portrait of the rebellious singer-songwriter Blaze Foley, who enjoyed less fame than he actually deserved and died an untimely death.

    Bob and The Monster

    • Keirda Bahruth
    • 2011
    • 85 min
    • IDFA Competition for Music Documentary

    The rise, fall, and resurrection as a social worker, of Bob Forrest, the former front man of 1980s cult band Thelonious Monster.

    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.

    The Case of the Three Sided Dream

    • Adam Kahan
    • 2014
    • 87 min
    • Music Documentary

    A portrait of blind jazz virtuoso Rahsaan Roland Kirk, who could play three wind instruments simultaneously and championed civil rights for African Americans.

    The Deeper They Bury Me

    • Angad Bhalla, Ted Biggs
    • 2015
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab: Seamless Reality

    A prisoner in Louisiana since 1972, Herman Wallace tells the disturbing story of his solitary confinement in a series of interactive animations.


    • Terra Long
    • 2013
    • 12 min
    • Panorama

    The apparently innocuous drawings by the five-year-old Morgan in fact reflect the traumas he suffered at the hands of his monstrous father

    Dots, Chance, Pots, Dance

    • Jean-Baptiste Maitre
    • 2015
    • 3 min
    • Paradocs: Amsterdam Art Weekend at IDFA

    An abstract “mourning dance” in memory of the 2003 looting of the National Museum of Iraq, linking politics to Dadaism and experimental film.