All Documentaries

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

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    The Act of Killing

    • Joshua Oppenheimer
    • 2012
    • 159 min
    • The Visual Voice

    In this shocking and groundbreaking documentary, former death squad leaders dramatize their role in the mass murder of Indonesian communists in Hollywood genres of their choice.

    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."

    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. 


    • Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
    • 2017
    • 96 min
    • Paradocs

    A shocking, fascinating and intimate portrait of Japanese cannibal Issei Sagawa and his brother.

    The Family

    • Rok Bicek
    • 2017
    • 106 min
    • Best of Fests

    After a difficult childhood, Matej wants his own children to have it better, but reality keeps on getting in the way.

    Ghost Hunting

    • Raed Andoni
    • 2017
    • 94 min
    • Best of Fests, Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World

    In accurately reconstructed prison cells, Palestinian former prisoners re-enact their own suppressed memories. Poignant and confrontational.

    I Am Another You

    • Nanfu Wang
    • 2017
    • 85 min
    • Best of Fests

    A moving portrait of a young drifter from Utah, who offers to show his Chinese contemporary the meaning of freedom.

    In Fragments

    • Jonathan Harris
    • 2017
    • Jonathan Harris Retrospective

    In this work in progress with a clearly autobiographical component, Jonathan Harris uses purification rituals to rid his family home in Vermont of its negative history. 

    L I S T E N

    • Astrid Bussink
    • 2017
    • 15 min
    • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

    The conversations children have with the Child Helpline are funny or naughty at times, but more often sad or heartrending.  

    Land of the Free

    • Camilla Magid
    • 2017
    • 92 min
    • Best of Fests

    This intimate portrait of three ex-convicts in Los Angeles follows them for two years as they try to build a new life for themselves.