Top 15 documentaries for kids

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    Watching documentaries helps children form opinions, broadens their view, and playfully teaches them to be critical of what they are shown. Moreover, it is a great way to enhance their media literacy.

    IDFA proudly presents: the fifteen best children's documentaries

    Drona & Me

    • Catherine van Campen
    • 2009

    Drona and I is a portrait of autistic Hindu boy Drona. We'll be watching him through the eyes of Arjun, his elder brother, and so a lovingly double-portrait is formed.

    Flying Anne

    • Catherine van Campen
    • 2010

    Eleven-year-old Anne is a cheerful girl who occasionally struggles with her Tourette syndrome: sometimes she spins in circles, or she has to lick everything in sight.

    Gilliard

    • Boudewijn Koole
    • 1998

    Eight year old Gilliard is fighting the effects of his handicaps after surgery through making a Cowboyfilm.

    Girls

    • Menna Laura Meijer
    • 2003

    Three inseparable adolescents reveal their fantasies about girls during the preparations for a school party.

    Giovanni and the Water Ballet

    • Astrid Bussink
    • 2014

    Giovanni’s dream is to become the first boy to compete in the Dutch synchronized swimming championship. He’s got just one more exam to go.

    How Nikita Got Herself a Horse

    • Anneke de Lind van Wijngaarden
    • 2006

    13-year-old Nikita from Amsterdam-East got a horse at a crucial moment in her life, and it changed everything for her.

    I Am a Girl!

    • Susan Koenen
    • 2010

    Thirteen-year-old Joppe is nervous about asking a nice boy out, and even more so about telling him she was born a boy.

    I’m Never Afraid!

    • Willem Baptist
    • 2010

    Eight-year-old Mack was born with a heart defect and doctors thought that he would die. But this tough little guy is now a successful motocross rider.

    LISTEN

    • Astrid Bussink
    • 2017

    The conversations children have with the Child Helpline are funny or naughty at times, but more often sad or heartrending. 

    Overleven in NL - het busje

    • Katinka de Maar
    • 2005

    A portrait of a group of children who travel by bus to a special school every day and have no choice but to make the best of it together.

    Plank

    • Billy Pols
    • 2009

    The Dutch-Moroccan Nassim is a skater who dreams of becoming a pro – even though he knows Moroccans are supposed to like football and kickboxing.

    Sounds for Mazin

    • Ingrid Kamerling
    • 2012

    Thanks to an operation, Mazin will soon be able to hear like everybody else. How much will this change his life as he sees and hears it?

    Surviving in NL: Raw

    • Anneloek Sollart
    • 2008

    A portrait of 11-year-old Tom, the first and only child in the Netherlands who only eats raw food.

    The Man Who Looked Beyond the Horizon

    • Martijn Blekendaal
    • 2018

    A playfully edited documentary investigating the disappearance of a man who proves to have left behind something more special than just a mystery.

    A Year Without My Parents

    • Els van Driel
    • 2015

    A Year Without My Parents tells the story of the twelve year old Tareq who had to leave Syria without his family. He is now waiting in Holland to be reunited with his parents and sister.