All Documentaries

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

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    • Sergei Loznitsa
    • 2016
    • 94 min
    • Retrospective: Sergei Loznitsa

    This IDFA-film will be screened today at 17:00 in Kriterion, Amsterdam as part of the 4/5 May Program about freedom.

    The Baby

    • Deborah van Dam
    • 2012
    • 85 min
    • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

    A heartrending reconstruction of the time spent in hiding by Jewish baby Anneke Kohnke (b. 1940), who now lives in New York.

    The Battle of the Java Sea

    • Niek Koppen
    • 1995
    • 135 min
    • Retrospective: Niek Koppen

    An intriguing investigation into the confrontation between Japanese and Allied naval forces in 1942, during which the old and the new age came to blows.

    The Claim, the Search for Stolen Art from WWII

    • Ditteke Mensink
    • 2016
    • 91 min
    • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

    The Dutch Restitutions Committee investigates the claims of Dutch Holocaust survivors on art treasures stolen by the Nazis. How do you prove a painting really did belong to your grandfather?

    Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

    • Adam Benzine
    • 2015
    • 40 min
    • Best of Fests

    Claude Lanzmann devoted 12 years of his life to directing Shoah. This film explores the difficult process of making his magnum opus.


    • Vladimir Denisenko
    • 1989
    • 78 min
    • Top 10

    What would your conscience tell you to do if the choice was between your own life and that of an entire village?

    The Dead Nation

    • Radu Jude
    • 2017
    • 83 min
    • Masters

    A photographic documentary on rising anti-Semitism in Romania in the late 1930s, in which historic photographs contrast dramatically with the diary of a Jewish doctor.

    Don't Lose Heart

    • Hella de Jonge
    • 2014
    • 81 min
    • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

    The filmmaker and her father embark upon an emotional journey to places of significance in the history of a family haunted by World War II.

    The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    • Kazuo Hara
    • 1987
    • 122 min
    • Top 10

    A Japanese veteran searches for the truth behind the murder of his comrades.

    Escaping Riga

    • Davis Simanis
    • 2014
    • 69 min
    • Panorama

    A playful chronicle of the 20th century based on the lives of filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein and political philosopher Isaiah Berlin.