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The must-sees of IDFA 2019 selected by the editors of our media partner De Groene Amsterdammer on Saturday 30 November. A day of unique and urgent documentaries on politics, society, history and culture at DeLaMar Theater.

Presenting six films premiering at the festival, selected especially for De Groene Amsterdammer enthusiasts. With introductions and interviews conducted by De Groene editors, this is sure to be an exceptional day filled with film.

Tickets are publicly available now from €52.50. Get them before this special is sold out!


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The must-sees of IDFA 2019 selected by the editors of De Groene Amsterdammer.

Sat 30 November - 10:00 - 22:19
DLM: Mary Dresselhuys Zaal


Adriana’s Pact

  • Lisette Orozco
  • Chile
  • 2017
  • 96 min
  • Focus: The Villain

The young filmmaker Lisette Orozco wanted to make a portrait of her aunt, but disturbing facts about her past soon start to emerge. Can she trust her own family? A painful search for the truth. Read more


  • Fredrik Gertten
  • Sweden
  • 2019
  • 92 min
  • Masters

Housing in major cities has become unaffordable for many. Push explores the world of slumlords, property speculators and venture capitalists, and features Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing. Read more

They Call Me Babu

  • Sandra Beerends
  • Netherlands
  • 2019
  • 78 min
  • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

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.  Read more


  • Alexander Nanau
  • Romania, Luxembourg
  • 2019
  • 109 min
  • Best of Fests

The consequences of a serious fire in the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest were made even worse by the failures of the Romanian health care system, which like the rest of the country is plagued by deep-seated corruption. Read more

The Sugar Curtain

  • Camila Guzmán Urzúa
  • France
  • 2006
  • 80 min
  • Top 10

Growing up in the 1980s in Cuba, filmmaker Camila Guzmán Urzúa and her classmates grew up in the sugar-coated world of Fidel Castro’s revolution. Now, they look back on a childhood paradise that came to an abrupt end. Read more

Shadow Flowers

  • Seung-Jun Yi
  • South Korea
  • 2019
  • 109 min
  • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

Ryun-hee Kim is North Korean, but she has been living in South Korea since 2011—against her will. Returning to South Korea’s northern enemy proves extremely difficult. An unsettling tale that turns our ideas about North and South Korea on their head. Read more

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