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    The fact that IDFA's Docschool Online is a service for Dutch teachers does not mean that we do not have any documentaries for you and your students to watch! The education department composed this set of wonderful films that are available online for free.

    You can find many more documentaries available for free in the IDFA collection. Simply select 'Free' in the 'Watch online' filter.

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    Boy Cheerleaders

    • James Newton
    • 2010

    It's not always easy for England's first all-boy cheerleading team in the run-up to the national championships.


    • Angello Faccini, Guille Isa
    • 2018

    Dulce is terrified by her first swimming lesson, but swimming is an essential life skill in her Colombian coastal village.

    Education, Education

    • Weijun Chen
    • 2012

    Director Chen Weijun uses three stories of young Chinese people to tell a bigger story about the country's failing education system.


    • Rashid Ghazi
    • 2011

    Ramadan is well underway, and at Fordson High School, where 95% of the students are of Arab origin, the football team is preparing to face off against archrival Dearborn High.

    Frame 394

    • Rich Williamson
    • 2016

    A young Canadian man entangles himself in one of the most high-profile police shootings in the U.S., when he posts his own 3-D analysis of the event on the Internet.

    Joe's Violin

    • Kahane Cooperman
    • 2016

    A Holocaust survivor donates his violin to a girl from a destitute neighborhood in New York, and the instrument offers her a new opportunity in life.

    My Silicone Love

    • Sophie Dros
    • 2015

    A sincere and touching portrait of Everard, a middle-aged man who loves his 12 silicon dolls as if they were real women.


    • Daniel Sivan, Dorit Tadir
    • 2005

    The Israeli fence, running straight through the Omar family's backyard, prevents 13-year-old Ishaq from playing soccer on the village square with his friends.

    On the Way to School

    • Özgür Dogan, Orhan Eskikoy
    • 2008

    This documentary spends a year following a young Turk who teaches in a remote Kurdish village.

    Operation Jane Walk

    • Leonhard Müllner, Robin Klengel
    • 2018

    The digital war zone of a shooter game provides the setting for an architectural tour of a post-apocalyptic New York.

    Personal Truth

    • Charlie Shackleton
    • 2017

    A short, essayistic film about the powerful influence of fake news. Just how convincing are conspiracy theories?

    Poison Fire

    • Lars Johansson
    • 2008

    Due to the disastrous consequences of oil drilling in the Niger Delta, the local population wants to impose stricter environmental regulations on the multinational giant Shell.

    The Queen

    • Manuel Abramovich
    • 2013

    Memi is around 11 years old, and she's going to be Queen of the Carnival. It's a dazzling honor, but you have to suffer to be beautiful.

    Radio Amina

    • Orlando von Einsiedel
    • 2011

    At the fictitious radio station Radio Amina, the 12-year-old Nigerian street peddler Amina can get everything off her chest that she normally wouldn't dare say.

    Raised by Krump

    • Maceo Frost
    • 2016

    A fascinating and gorgeous journey into krumping, the street dance with which dancers channel their anger and frustration.

    Scenes from a Dry City

    • François Verster, Simon Wood
    • 2018

    Cape Town’s acute water crisis illustrates the differences within South African society, in a film that’s as visually stunning as it is urgent.

    Spitting Ink

    • Ralph de Haan, Lars Siemens
    • 2009

    A stylized portrait of seven NY-based artists who are part of the worldwide underground phenomenon called spoken word, depicting why poetry is a vital written and oral tradition.

    That's Wicked!

    • Joycelyn Lee
    • 2012

    Passionate young Singaporeans introduce us to the world of beatbox: the techniques, their motivations and their competition.

    The Hanging

    • Geoffrey Feinberg
    • 2016

    Nineteen-year-old Kirill hangs out on the rooftops of apartment blocks, where his brazen stunts have earned him the nickname “Russian Spiderman.”

    Unearthing the Pen

    • Carol Salter
    • 2009

    A young Ugandan boy desperately wants to read and write. But fears his forefathers curse on education is the reason why he cannot go to school.

    12 Notes Down

    • Andreas Koefoed
    • 2008

    The star of the young boy's choir, Jorgis must come to terms with his changing voice and the adulthood that comes with it.