IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

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    11 very different films – in both subject and form – have a chance of winning the IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary. The competition consists of films by well-known and often award-winning filmmakers, but also by promising new talent. See the jury here.

    The IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary is made possible by NPO 2Doc.

    Items in this selection

    All Against All

    • Luuk Bouwman
    • 2019

    A rich historical documentary about the rise of fascism in the Netherlands. Initially fragmented, the struggle for power between fascist movements was eventually won by the radical, populist and anti-Semitic NSB, the Dutch Nazi party.

    Angels on Diamond Street

    • Petr Lom
    • 2019

    With a sympathetic eye, filmmaker Petr Lom follows life at the soup kitchen of the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia. He records what happens when an undocumented Mexican family asks for sanctuary at the church.

    Behind the Blood

    • Loretta van der Horst
    • 2019

    In San Pedro Sula, Honduras, a priest, a journalist and a hitman live with daily gang and police violence. A compelling portrait of three men in one of the most dangerous cities in the world.


    • Marina Meijer
    • 2019

    A center in Rotterdam helps young men from problematic backgrounds to build a future. Hardened by the past, they struggle to find their way. Intense dialogues in close-up.

    The Death of Antonio Sànchez Lomas

    • Ramon Gieling, Salvador Gieling
    • 2019

    In the southern Spanish village of Frigiliana, time has not healed wounds from the era of Franco. Even now, the brutal murder of a villager in 1952 still deeply divides the community.

    King of the Cruise

    • Sophie Dros
    • 2019

    During his vacation on a luxury cruise ship, the wealthy Scottish-American baron Ronald Reisinger is a striking and popular guest. Behind his sophisticated stories and decadent riches, however, hides a lonely man who is yearning for love.

    Lost in Memories

    • Ruud Lenssen
    • 2019

    A moving and tender portrait of the parents of filmmaker Ruud Lenssen. His father Jac has vascular dementia, and his mother Ria is struggling in her role as caregiver. As the disease progresses, an inevitable decision draws ever closer.

    Prison for Profit

    • Ilse van Velzen, Femke van Velzen
    • 2019

    Whistleblowers, former prisoners and an investigative journalist paint a shocking picture of South Africa’s first privatized prison. Profit maximization is the priority, with underpaid guards and violence against prisoners the inevitable outcome.


    • Maasja Ooms
    • 2019

    An intimate and sincere portrait of problem teenagers who are placed under temporary supervision. The challenging conversations with a counselor are meant to lead to a better life, but their past won’t leave them alone.

    Sidik and the Panther

    • Reber Dosky
    • 2019

    If Sidik manages to spot a Persian leopard in his beloved mountains of Kurdish northern Iraq, the area can be declared a protected nature reserve. Will that finally bring peace? An ode to perseverance and peaceful patriotism.

    They Call Me Babu

    • Sandra Beerends
    • 2019

    Alima worked as a nanny in the former Dutch colony of Indonesia. Her story plays out against the backdrop of World War II and the struggle for independence, and is complemented by unique footage from various archives.