All Documentaries

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

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    About Heaven

    • Stéphane Goël
    • 2015
    • 85 min
    • Masters

    A group of Swiss senior citizens discusses their ideas about life after death in a series of remarkable, moving and funny conversations.

    Afghanistan Night Stories

    • Alka Sadat
    • 2015
    • 60 min
    • Panorama

    The everyday life of Afghan soldiers fighting against the Taliban in a special commando unit of the national army.

    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."

    Ali Aqa

    • Kamran Heidari
    • 2017
    • 81 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    A dynamic portrait of a recalcitrant 70-year-old pigeon enthusiast who escapes the reality of old age by caring for his birds.


    • Idrissa Guiro, Mélanie Pavy
    • 2013
    • 74 min
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

    Following the death of her mother Kyoko in Paris, Akiko returns her ashes to the land of her birth, in line with Japanese tradition.

    Back to the Taj Mahal Hotel

    • Carina Molier
    • 2017
    • 70 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary, IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

    Witnesses of the attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai look back and reflect on existential questions about fear, freedom and security.

    A Band Called Death

    • Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino
    • 2012
    • 98 min
    • IDFA Competition for Music Documentary

    In this unparalleled family saga, the Hackney brothers were already playing down-and-dirty punk rock in the early 1970s, long before the genre was invented.

    Beer is Cheaper than Therapy

    • Simone de Vries
    • 2011
    • 78 min
    • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

    This film looks for an answer to the question of why the number of suicides among young American veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is so frighteningly high.

    Bitter Seeds

    • Micha X. Peled
    • 2011
    • 87 min
    • IDFA Competition for Green Screen Documentary

    Every 30 minutes, another Indian cotton farmer commits suicide. Filmmaker Micha Peled investigates why this is happening and follows one of them to the edge of the abyss.

    Black Stones

    • usama ghanoum
    • 2017
    • 48 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary, Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World

    Caught in the cross fire during the siege of Homs, people try to carry on with their lives.