All Documentaries

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

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    All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone

    • Alfred Peabody
    • 2016
    • 92 min
    • Regular program: Best of Fests

    Independent, investigative, adversarial journalists, including Glenn Greenwald, allow the camera to follow them, as they use government documents to expose deception.

    The Ambassador

    • Mads Brügger
    • 2011
    • 94 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    Filmed almost entirely with a hidden camera, this instruction manual for African diplomacy has its filmmaker playing the role of guide in bribery, corruption, the diamond trade, and other forms of underworld illegality.

    Big Boys Gone Bananas!*

    • Fredrik Gertten
    • 2011
    • 87 min
    • Regular program: Masters

    Fredrik Gertten's 'thriller' about how Dole Food Company tried to get his film Bananas! boycotted in 2009.

    Cartel Land

    • Matthew Heineman
    • 2015
    • 98 min
    • Regular program: Best of Fests, Focus: Benjamin Barber: Jihad vs. McWorld 2015

    A haunting, disturbing portrait of vigilantes who combat organized crime on either side of the Mexican-American border.

    Cecilia

    • Pankaj Johar
    • 2015
    • 85 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    A personal and grueling quest for justice in the case of the mysterious suicide of a 14-year-old girl in Delhi.

    Chameleon

    • Ryan Mullins
    • 2014
    • 78 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    Africa's most famed investigative reporter, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, takes us deep undercover for his own brand of brazen journalism.

    Citizen Boilesen

    • Chaim Litewski
    • 2009
    • 93 min
    • Focus: Cinema do Brasil

    The search for the origin of the intriguing street name "Henning Boilesen" in São Paolo, Brazil leads to fascinating and shocking discoveries.

    CITIZENFOUR

    • Laura Poitras
    • 2014
    • 112 min
    • Focus: Of Media and Men

    A hotly debated documentary thriller about the NSA’s large-scale illegal surveillance practices revealed by Edward Snowden in June 2013.

    Dirty Wars

    • Richard Rowley
    • 2013
    • 86 min
    • Regular program: Best of Fests

    A terrifying, revealing journey through the world of covert operations, which are lurking behind more than 10 years of the War on Terror.

    Empire of Dust

    • Bram van Paesschen
    • 2011
    • 77 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    An occasionally hilarious report on the rocky relationship between the Chinese and the Congolese during the restoration of a road in Congo.

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