All Documentaries

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

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    Ai Weiwei The Fake Case

    • Andreas Johnsen
    • 2013
    • 86 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    After three months of solitary confinement, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei wonders about the toll his activism is taking.

    Bahrain: The Forbidden Country

    • Stéphanie Lamorré
    • 2012
    • 52 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

    Stephanie Lamorré shot rare clandestine footage of the 2011 uprisings in Bahrain, exploring the hidden side of the Arabic Spring.

    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.

    The Betrayal

    • Karen Winther
    • 2011
    • 64 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    As a teenage member of the Norwegian squatting community, Karen made a terrible mistake. Now she is looking for an explanation and hoping for forgiveness.

    The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

    • Stanley Nelson
    • 2015
    • 114 min
    • Masters

    The rise of the Black Panthers in the late 1960s was a radical departure for the Civil Rights Movement. Former members look back.

    The Borneo Case

    • Dylan Williams, Erik Pauser
    • 2016
    • 78 min
    • Regular program: Masters

    Following years of research, four highly motivated activists expose the chief minister of the state of Sarawak, who earned billions of dollars from illegal logging in Borneo.


    • Nontawat Numbenchapol
    • 2013
    • 96 min
    • Emerging Voices from Southeast Asia

    This unorthodox road movie unravels the tangled border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over the Preah Vihear Hindu temple.

    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.

    Burma VJ – Reporting from a Closed Country

    • Anders Østergaard
    • 2008
    • 85 min
    • The Visual Voice

    With their cameras hidden in bags or clenched under their armpits, Burmese journalists report on the uprising against the dictatorship in September 2007.

    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.