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

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    Betty – They Say I’m Different

    • Phil Cox
    • 2017
    • 52 min
    • Music Documentary

    Pioneering funk singer and "bold soul sister" Betty Davis shook up the 70s music scene -then she disappeared. This film tells her story.

    The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

    • Stanley Nelson
    • 2015
    • 114 min
    • Masters

    The rise of the Black Panthers in the late 1960s was a radical departure for the Civil Rights Movement. Former members look back.

    Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

    • Sara Driver
    • 2017
    • 78 min
    • Best of Fests

    An enthralling exposition of how artist Jean-Michel Basquiat influenced the public space of New York in the 1970s and 1980s. 

    Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders

    • Joe Berlinger
    • 2017
    • 168 min
    • Masters

    Surprising aspects of the Clutter murders, made world-famous through Truman Capote's international best-seller In Cold Blood, are revealed in this painstaking reconstruction.

    Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

    • Robert Drew
    • 1963
    • 52 min
    • The Visual Voice

    Documentary filmmaker Robert Drew and his team (Primary) filmed the tense conflict over racial segregation between President John F. Kennedy and Governor George Wallace of Alabama.

    Ex Libris - The New York Public Library

    • Frederick Wiseman
    • 2017
    • 197 min
    • Masters

    A fascinating exploration of The New York Public Library by Frederick Wiseman, a master of the cinéma vérité genre.

    The Fog of War

    • Errol Morris
    • 2003
    • 95 min
    • Retrospective: Errol Morris , Sounds Real

    Revealing interview with former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, interspersed with archive footage. This impressive portrait of American politics won an Academy Award.

    Freedom for the Wolf

    • Rupert Russell
    • 2017
    • 89 min
    • Best of Fests

    From protests in Hong Kong to Trump's inauguration, this painful documentary makes it crystal clear that in modern democracy, freedom is only an illusion.

    A Good Man

    • Gordon Quinn, Bob Hercules
    • 2011
    • 85 min
    • Masters

    We follow the controversial Afro-American choreographer Bill T. Jones while making a production to mark the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth.


    • Julien Temple
    • 2017
    • 136 min
    • Masters

    A brief history of Havana backed by a vibrant musical soundtrack. What does the future hold for the Cuban capital?