All Documentaries

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

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    Asleep

    • Clarissa Campolina
    • 2011
    • 7 min
    • Paradocs

    By looking in a different way at everyday places, director Clarissa Campolina gets to know another side to her home city of Belo Horizonte in Brazil.

    Before My Feet Touch the Ground

    • Daphni Leef
    • 2017
    • 77 min
    • Panorama

    A young Israeli named Daphni looks back on the time she went from a naive demonstrator to the figurehead of a national protest movement.

    Building Bridges

    • Heloisa Azevedo Passos
    • 2017
    • 73 min
    • Panorama

    Personal conversations between a father and daughter expose a generation gap, while also shedding light on Brazil’s contemporary political and economic structures.

    Chameleon

    • Robin McNicholas, Barney Steel, Ersin Han Ersin
    • 2016
    • 5 min
    • DocLab: Elastic Reality

    An immersive and sensory portrait of Mexico City, created by 12 Mexican artists from various disciplines together with the British collective Marshmallow Laser Feast. On-site reservation required.

    The Chinese Mayor

    • Hao Zhou
    • 2015
    • 87 min
    • Best of Fests, Benjamin Barber: Jihad vs. McWorld 2015

    The mayor of the Chinese city of Datong embarks on an immense demolition and building project to transform his city into a tourist attraction.

    Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

    • Matt Tyrnauer
    • 2016
    • 97 min
    • Best of Fests

    This portrait of journalist and activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) uses a treasure trove of archive material and interviews with contemporaries and experts to present her vision of the modern city.

    City of the Sun

    • Rati Oneli
    • 2017
    • 100 min
    • Best of Fests, Camera in Focus

    A solemn meditation on life and fate in a gray Georgian mining town. Beautifully shot and brutally honest.

    HIGHRISE: Universe Within

    • Katerina Cizek
    • 2015
    • DocLab: Seamless Reality

    This multimedia project explores the lives of city dwellers and shows how online communities can shape the physical world.  

    In Jackson Heights

    • Frederick Wiseman
    • 2015
    • 190 min
    • Masters

    The Jackson Heights district of New York City is the face of new immigration in the United States, but can the area keep its colorful character?

    Koyaanisqatsi

    • Godfrey Reggio
    • 1982
    • 86 min
    • Top 10

    This hypnotizing film is a wordless visual essay on the primacy of technology in modern human life.

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