All Documentaries

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

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    Ahmed - Almost 13

    • Ritchie Cavander-Cole
    • 2011
    • 38 min
    • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

    An intimate glimpse into the daily life of a Chechen family in Norway, seen through the eyes of the oldest son, a 13-year-old.

    All of Me

    • Arturo Gonzalez Villaseñor
    • 2014
    • 90 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    Every day for almost 20 years now, the women of La Patrona in Mexico have given food to illegal migrants traveling as stowaways on a train headed toward the United States.

    Another Life

    • Alexandre Dereims
    • 2011
    • 80 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    The filmmaker joins a perilous journey made by many young Africans across the Sahara into Libya. From here, they will cross to Italy.


    • Peter Van Goethem
    • 2011
    • 22 min
    • Paradocs

    In a poetic voice-over, a Russian man reflects on the moment he arrived as a young boy in Antwerp, together with thousands of other Russian immigrants.


    • Jacqueline van Vugt
    • 2013
    • 85 min
    • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

    Africans migrating to Europe have to make their way through brutal border areas where violence, extortion and exhaustion are all commonplace.

    Castles in Spain

    • Pauline Horovitz
    • 2013
    • 26 min
    • Paradocs

    A wry portrait of a Jewish father whose suitcase is always packed to leave to Spain, the El Dorado for favorable conditions for survival.


    • Amin Haghighizadeh
    • 2011
    • 28 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    Twenty-seven year old Amin came to the Netherlands from Iran 10 years ago. Was it worth it, if he lost his childhood in the process?

    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.

    Diary of Hunger

    • Mireia Pujol
    • 2014
    • 15 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    Refugees in a Spanish enclave in Morocco are observed in calm black-and-white images, then talk directly to the camera.

    Displaced Perssons

    • Åsa Blanck, Johan Palmgren
    • 2013
    • 81 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    Pelle Persson left Sweden 40 years ago, and ended up in Pakistan. Now he is returning, with a family he started far from his country of birth.