Children's documentaries to watch for free

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    Are you homeschooling your kids for the coming weeks? Explore our selection of free online children's documentaries!

    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. That's why we're presenting a selection of IDFA's best children's documentaries, available online for free. Please not that not all films have English subtitles.

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    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.

    Ahmad's Hair

    • Susan Koenen
    • 2016

    Syrian refugee Ahmad (12) is busy trying to make Dutch friends. It turns out he's also on a personal, heart-warming mission.

    Danny's Parade

    • Anneke de Lind van Wijngaarden
    • 2007

    Because life is boring for young gays, Danny arranges a boat for teenagers during the Amsterdam Canal Parade. Not everyone appreciates his initiative.

    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.

    Dulce

    • 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.

    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.

    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 Feel...

    • Elsbeth van Noppen
    • 2010

    Ten-year-old Robert and seven-year-old Jasmijn see and feel more than others. In a natural environment, they talk openly about their experiences.

    If You Eat Garlic, You Get Full

    • Tamim Abdullah
    • 2011

    A profile of three street boys in Afghanistan, who eat from trashcans but share what they have with others.

    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.

    Johan

    • Sjoerd Niekamp
    • 2014

    Going to scout camp for the first time is pretty intense. It’s hard to survive, but fortunately Johan has an ace up his sleeve: Rambo.

    Kids Rights: Anna

    • Ayfer Ergün
    • 2010

    Although child labor is prohibited, nine-year-old Anna goes to work rather than school, just like 50,000 other Albanian children.

    Kids Rights: Boglárka

    • Nora Ruszkai
    • 2011

    The documentary series 'Kids Rights' focuses on cases of children whose rights are not ensured. Boglárka is a blind girl that lives in the countryside of Hungary. Four times a year she has to go all the way to Budapest to prove that she's still blind.

    Kids Rights: Gabriel

    • Iris Kleinsman, Yvonne Roerdink
    • 2012

    In this episode from the Kids' Rights series, we meet funk-loving 11-year-old Gabriël from Rio de Janeiro. His father is dead because he was a drug criminal.

    Laura & Anne 4 Ever

    • Susan Koenen
    • 2008

    A touching tribute to Anne, 14-year-old Laura's best friend, who died of leukaemia.

    Let Me Go Home

    • Chiel Aldershoff
    • 2009

    Fourteen-year-old Sietske has been in a youth detention facility for 18 months. Soon, the day will come that she will be allowed to go outside.

    Little Miss Piggy

    • Ellen Vloet
    • 2013

    Eleven-year-old Brechtje lives on a pig farm, but she dreams of life in the big city.

    Mookie

    • Neske Beks
    • 2012

    Welcome to the world of nine-year-old Mookie, secret agent by trade. He catches the crooks everywhere, even in the hospital.

    Ninnoc

    • Niki Padidar
    • 2015

    Ninnoc doesn’t like cliques, but she doesn’t want to be excluded, either.

    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.

    Play for Keeps

    • Arnold van Bruggen
    • 2011

    A summery portrait of eight-year-old marble players Sieme and Bence, who "play for keeps" in an exciting schoolyard game.

    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.

    Streets

    • Victor Carrera
    • 2009

    Destitute youths talk openly about their hard life on the streets of the Ecuadorian capital Quito, trying to keep their heads above water.

    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.

    That's Wicked!

    • Joycelyn Lee
    • 2012

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

    Thea

    • Halvor Nitteberg
    • 2016

    Black-and-white stills tell the story of Thea, a 12-year-old girl who has severe epileptic seizures.

    True Love in Pueblo Textil

    • Horatio Baltz
    • 2017

    Nine-year-old Maribel explains to us how it feels to be stricken with the world's oldest infliction: love.

    Tungrus

    • Rishi Chandna
    • 2018

    A documentary comedy in which a pet rooster turns the domestic life of a family living in a small Mumbai apartment upside down.