All Documentaries

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

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    Alexei and the Spring

    • Seiichi Motohashi
    • 2002
    • 104 min
    • The Quiet Eye

    Life in Budische calmly carries on for 55 elderly locals and the younger Alexei, all of whom refused to be evacuated after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

    All of Me

    • Susan Koenen
    • 2012
    • 15 min
    • Kids & Docs

    Diede and Emma share everything with each other. Everything? Well, almost everything. Because Diede has a secret: she's clairvoyant.


    • Ventura Durall, Salvador Sunyer, Sergi Cameron
    • 2014
    • 94 min
    • Best of Fests

    In the weeks leading up to the predicted apocalypse of 2012, the French village of Bugarach is transformed into a spiritual sanctuary.

    Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

    • John Scheinfeld
    • 2016
    • 99 min
    • Music Documentary

    With his inquisitive playing, intense solos and original compositions, saxophonist John Coltrane (1926-1967) rejuvenated jazz. After he kicked drugs, his playing became even freer.


    • Philippe Lambert
    • 2016
    • DocLab: Elastic Reality

    Step into a comfortable dream space and help build this big experimental Canadian dream project.

    Explosion Ma Baby

    • Pauline Curnier Jardin
    • 2016
    • 9 min
    • Paradocs: Amsterdam Art Weekend at IDFA

    A spectacular procession is captured in an elliptically composed miniature, which shows the power of the ritual in a trancelike atmosphere.

    Eyes of Stone

    • Nilita Vachani
    • 1990
    • 91 min
    • The Female Gaze

    An unsettling testament to the resilience and the tragic circumstances of deprived rural Indian women, this film is structured around the healing process of the “possessed” 19-year-old Shanta.

    Forest of the Dancing Spirits

    • Linda Västrik
    • 2013
    • 104 min
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

    Ancient myths and personal drama feature in this portrait of the Aka, a tribe of pygmies in Central Africa.

    Good Things Await

    • Phie Ambo
    • 2014
    • 90 min
    • The Female Gaze

    A portrait of Niels Stokholm, an almost 80-year-old biodynamic farmer who runs his farm in accordance with spiritual laws.


    • Thomas Balmès
    • 2013
    • 75 min
    • Masters

    In Bhutan, the advent of TV in 1999 brought a revolution to the mountain villages, where Buddhist monasteries were now competing with the modern window on the world.