All Documentaries

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

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    Deaf Child

    • Alex de Ronde
    • 2017
    • 72 min
    • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

    A candid portrait of a close-knit family: a father and his two sons, one of whom was born deaf.

    Distant Constellation

    • Shevaun Mizrahi
    • 2017
    • 82 min
    • Best of Fests

    A beautifully observed portrait of the residents of a retirement home for minorities in Istanbul. It's a place where time stands still and memories reign supreme.   

    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.

    Five Years After the War

    • Samuel Albaric, Martin Wiklund, Ulysse Lefort
    • 2017
    • 17 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    A charming, largely animated documentary about a young Jewish Frenchman who goes in search of his Iraqi roots.

    A Home for Lydia

    • Eline Helena Schellekens
    • 2013
    • 17 min
    • IDFA Junior

    Lydia was born in the Netherlands but is still waiting on a residence permit. She tells her story, partly in songs she wrote herself.

    Homeland: Iraq Year Zero

    • Abbas Fahdel
    • 2015
    • 334 min
    • Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World

    A family chronicle set against the background of the Iraq War shows everyday life in Baghdad as it has never been seen in the news.

    How to Make a Pearl

    • Jason Hanasik
    • 2017
    • 22 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    Because of his allergy to light, John Kapellas has lived for 10 years in the dark. To cope with the trauma, he has found a creative outlet. 

    Impreza – The Celebration

    • Alexandra Wesolowski
    • 2017
    • 75 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    Returning to Warsaw for a family celebration, a young emigré discovers how big the political gap between her and her conservative family has become.   

    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. 

    The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid

    • Feargal Ward
    • 2017
    • 85 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    In this gentle portrait of a tenacious eccentric, Thomas Reid refuses to sell his farmland to a multinational.