All Documentaries

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

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    Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

    • Steve James
    • 2016
    • 90 min
    • Regular program: Masters

    Not all bankers escaped prosecution in the U.S. mortgage crisis: a small Chinese-American family bank spent years fighting in the courts.


    • Mustafa Ünlü
    • 2016
    • 104 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    Eyewitness accounts of the deadliest suicide attack in modern Turkish history, which occurred in Ankara during a march for peace on October 10, 2015.

    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.

    Aim High in Creation

    • Anna Broinowski
    • 2013
    • 96 min
    • Regular program: Panorama, Focus: Green Screen

    An Australian filmmaker goes to North Korea to learn to make a propaganda film that will stop gas drilling in her village.

    Alisa in Warland

    • Alisa Kovalenko, Liubov Durakova
    • 2015
    • 74 min
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

    A candid, personal self-portrait by a young woman traveling through Ukraine after the outbreak of the revolution.

    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.

    American Arab

    • Usama Alshaibi
    • 2013
    • 56 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

    Just what is an American Arab? This is a personal film about identity, nationality and racism – and the right to be complicated.


    • Oscar Raby
    • 2013
    • DocLab: Immersive Reality

    An award-winning virtual reality documentary about a tragic memory of 1973 Chile.

    Barbaric Land

    • Angela Ricci-Lucchi, Yervant Gianikian
    • 2013
    • 65 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    A hallucinatory trip through archives of material from the Italian imperialist period of the 1920s and 1930s. This journey into history helps us better understand our own times.

    Before Summer Ends

    • Maryam Goormaghtigh
    • 2017
    • 80 min
    • Best of Fests

    A melancholic road movie featuring three friends spending their summer traveling across France after one of them decides to return to Iran.