All Documentaries

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

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    Activism (105)

    Absence of Me

    • Melina Terribili
    • 2018
    • 82 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    An original look at the pain of living in exile, constructed from photos, films and sound recordings left behind by the celebrated Uruguayan musician Alfredo Zitarrosa.

    Accused no. 2: Walter Sisulu

    • Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte
    • 2018
    • 14 min
    • DocLab Humanoid Cookbook, IDFA DocLab Spotlight

    Audio recordings of the notorious Rivonia Trial in South Africa in 1964 come to life in this black-and-white animated VR experience. On-site reservation required.

    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.


    • Rikun Zhu
    • 2018
    • 78 min
    • Best of Fests

    A powerful cinema verité documentary about 10-year-old Anni, who gets banned from school because of her father’s resistance to the repressive Chinese regime.

    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.

    The Barricade

    • Bruno Masi
    • 2018
    • 51
    • Serialized

    An exciting montage of archive footage from the Parisian student revolt and fictional voice-overs, showing historical events from two personal perspectives.

    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
    • 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.