All Documentaries

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

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    Afghanistan Night Stories

    • Alka Sadat
    • 2015
    • 60 min
    • Regular program: Panorama

    The everyday life of Afghan soldiers fighting against the Taliban in a special commando unit of the national army.

    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.


    • Mohamed Siam
    • 2017
    • 83 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World

    At age 14, Amal is already taking part in protests on Tahrir Square. In the years after, she searches for her identity in a country in transition.

    Arlette - Courage Is a Muscle

    • Florian Hoffmann
    • 2015
    • 84 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary, IDFA DOC U Competition

    Fifteen-year-old Arlette from the Central African Republic travels to Germany for medical treatment; culture shock and the advent of adulthood coincide.

    At Home in the World

    • Andreas Koefoed
    • 2015
    • 58 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary, Focus: Benjamin Barber: Jihad vs. McWorld 2015

    At a Danish Red Cross school, young refugees are being prepared for regular education. Among them is an introverted Chechnyan named Magomed.


    • Sergei Loznitsa
    • 2016
    • 94 min
    • Retrospective: Sergei Loznitsa

    This IDFA-film will be screened today at 17:00 in Kriterion, Amsterdam as part of the 4/5 May Program about freedom.

    Ayhan and me

    • belit sağ
    • 2016
    • 14 min
    • Paradocs: Amsterdam Art Weekend at IDFA

    A video essay presenting a razor-sharp analysis of the workings of censorship, the power of images and the tense relationship between art and state control.

    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.

    The Battle of the Java Sea

    • Niek Koppen
    • 1995
    • 135 min
    • Retrospective: Niek Koppen

    An intriguing investigation into the confrontation between Japanese and Allied naval forces in 1942, during which the old and the new age came to blows.


    • Isabelle Tollenaere
    • 2015
    • 88 min
    • Focus: Sounds Real

    An exhaustive film essay on how war, violence and military campaigns leave their legacy in the landscape and the people who live there.