All Documentaries

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

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    • Maasja Ooms
    • 2017
    • 90 min
    • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

    Nine-year-old Alicia just wants a safe and loving environment, but that’s not always easy when you live in an orphanage.


    • Xavier Marrades
    • 2016
    • 17 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    An atmospheric short film about a lonely truck driver who finds a new life companion in the form of a white dove.

    Dead Slow Ahead

    • Mauro Herce
    • 2015
    • 74 min
    • Focus: The Quiet Eye

    An intoxicating sea voyage on a freighter that is more like a futuristic machine cast adrift, on a trip to the end of the world.

    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.   


    • Jessica Beshir
    • 2017
    • 7 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    An enchanting cinematic poem about the symbiotic relationship between an Ethiopian man and a pack of hyenas.

    Juan Perros

    • Rodrigo Imaz
    • 2016
    • 34 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    An atmospheric portrait of a philosophical eccentric who lives with his pigs and a pack of dogs next to a garbage dump in the Mexican desert.

    Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit

    • Werner Herzog
    • 1971
    • 85 min
    • Top 10

    An impressive portrait of a 56-year-old deaf-blind woman who helps others with the same condition escape their social isolation.

    The Last Chair

    • Jessie van Vreden, Anke Teunissen
    • 2017
    • DocLab: Uncharted Rituals

    In a satisfyingly calm 360-degree documentary, we are silent witnesses of solitary rural lives as they draw to an end. On-site reservation required.

    Our Skin

    • João Queiroga
    • 2016
    • 17 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    An intimate late-night phone conversation takes an unexpected turn when the callers drum up the courage to drop their masks.

    The Pilot's Mask

    • Simonka de Jong
    • 2017
    • 95 min
    • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

    A moving observational documentary about the long road to recovery for children with serious illnesses.