All Documentaries

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

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    Alisa in Warland

    • Alisa Kovalenko, Liubov Durakova
    • 2015
    • 74 min
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

    A candid, personal self-portrait by a young woman traveling through Ukraine after the outbreak of the revolution.

    Calling Ukraine

    • Jean Counet
    • 2015
    • 12 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    A woman in Latvia conducts a Skype conversation with family members in war-torn Eastern Ukraine. The sense of powerlessness on both sides is palpable.


    • Beata Bubenets
    • 2015
    • 76 min
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

    The Chechen Ruslan Arsajev seizes every opportunity to fight against the Russians, including in Ukraine. A portrait of a displaced mercenary from the front line of the crisis.

    The Distant Barking of Dogs

    • Simon Lereng Wilmont
    • 2017
    • 90 min
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

    The conflict between the Ukrainian army and the separatists, as seen through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy.

    The Dybbuk: A Tale of Wandering Souls

    • Krzysztof Kopczynski
    • 2015
    • 85 min
    • Regular program: Panorama, Focus: Benjamin Barber: Jihad vs. McWorld 2015

    Tension mounts during the annual pilgrimage of 30,000 Hasidic Jews to the Ukrainian town of Uman.

    Rodnye (Close Relations)

    • Vitaly Mansky
    • 2016
    • 112 min
    • Regular program: Masters

    Filmmaker Vitaly Mansky investigates the influence of political unrest in Ukraine, Crimea and Donetsk on his own family. 

    The Russian Woodpecker

    • Chad Gracia
    • 2015
    • 82 min
    • Regular program: Best of Fests

    On the eve of the protests in Kiev, a Chernobyl victim goes looking for the true cause of the nuclear reactor disaster.

    Ukrainian Sheriffs

    • Roman Bondarchuk
    • 2015
    • 80 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, Focus: Benjamin Barber: Jihad vs. McWorld 2015

    A tragicomic portrait of a two-man team of sheriffs in a remote Ukrainian village disturbed by everyday incidents and political developments.

    When Will This Wind Stop

    • Aniela Astrid Gabryel
    • 2016
    • 66 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    Four stories of a Crimean Tartar family overlap in this documentary about the Russian occupation of the Crimea.