To Watch List

Still from House in the Fields by Tala Hadid.

The To Watch List is a collection of films and talks intended to inspire and prepare for the IDFA Project Space sessions. The collection you find below will be updated before the start of each new program.

You can watch the films on your MyIDFA account. The films will be available until one week after the end of each program.

  • Go to www.idfa.nl and login to your myidfa account in the upper right corner.
  • In the myidfa dropdown menu click on Professionals.
  • Click on the white tile previews.

You can watch the talks directly in this magazine by directly pressing play.


Films


Bridges of Time

Kristine Briede, Audrius Stonys - Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia - 2018 - 78 min. IDFA Masters 2018

This poetic group portrait of the “Baltic New Wave” goes in search of what it means to be a documentary filmmaker.

Watch this film in preparation for the Filmmaker Talk with Audrius Stonys on June 29.

Los Reyes

Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff - Chili, Germany - 2018 - 77 min. IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary 2018

Chola and Football are two street dogs that live in the Los Reyes skatepark. A microcosm is organized around them, composed of things, animals and young adolescents in conflict with the adult world.

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Yolande Zauberman - France - 2018 - 105 min. IDFA Masters 2018

Menahem was raped by his teachers for years. After 20 years he returns to Bnei Brak, the “capital” of the ultra-Orthodox Jews. Conversations with other survivors reveal the tacit acceptance of child abuse in this community.

Nemesis

Thomas Imbach - Switzerland - 2020 - 131 min. IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary 2020

The film explores the destruction of a unique train station in Zurich and the construction of the new prison and police centre in its place. From the perspective of the filmmaker’s window, and with testimony from prisoners awaiting deportation, the film probes how we deal with the extinction of history and its replacement with total security.

Taste of Cement

Ziad Kalthoum - Lebanon, Germany, Qatar, Syria, United Arab Emirates - 2017 - 85 min. IDFA Best of Fests 2017

The impact of war as seen through the eyes of Syrian construction workers. Their own country lies in ruins, but they have no choice but to work on the rebuilding of Lebanon.

Whores' Glory

Michael Glawogger - Austria - 2011 - 119 min. IDFA Masters 2011

This trilogy in warm colors about the uncertain lives of prostitutes in Thailand, Bangladesh, and Mexico reminds us about the impact of commerce and globalization.

Woman and the Glacier

Audrius Stonys - Lithuania, Estonia - 2016 - 56 min. IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

A filmic ode to a woman’s choice to live in solitude. For 30 years, a Lithuanian scientist has been conducting climate research at the Tuyuksu Glacier in Kazakhstan.

Watch this film in preparation for the Filmmaker Talk with Audrius Stonys on June 29.


Talks


Filmmaker Talk: Chris Hegedus

IDFA 2019

An hour-long conversation with renowned documentary director Chris Hegedus. Chris Hegedus has been making films as a director, cinematographer, and editor for nearly 40 years. In 2001, she was awarded the prestigious Directors Guild of America Award for Startup.Com an intimate buddy story filmed during the first Internet boom/bust. Together with her partner D A Pennebaker, Hegedus was nominated for an Academy Award for The War Room, a behind-the-scenes look at Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. Writer Pamela Cohn talks with her about her body of work, creative and views on documentary filmmaking, highlighted by excerpts from her films.

The talk starts after 50 seconds.

Filmmaker Talk: Leonard Retel Helmrich

IDFA 2010

Leonard Retel Helmrich his film Position Among the Stars was the opening film of IDFA 2010. His work is filmed in the style of the Single Shot Cinema with the technique of the Steady Wing invented by him. A construction where it keeps the camera stable while allowing it to move freely and even move from hand to hand. With this style he has created a very unique approach within his camera work and directing. Before going into detail about this, Retel-Helmrich first briefly covered a more theoretical part about how similar technical inventions have always been the basis for new chapters in film history.

Filmmaker Talk: Yolande Zauberman

IDFA 2019

An hour-long conversation with French documentary director Yolande Zauberman. Writer Pamela Cohn talks with her about her body of work, creative methods and views on documentary filmmaking, highlighted by excerpts from her films.