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IDFA is an international documentary film festival that takes place each November in Amsterdam. Every year, the festival presents a program of around 300 creative documentaries and interactive documentary projects, accompanied by performances, conversations and debates with filmmakers, protagonists and special guests. This year the festival is largely accessible online, allowing you to easily enjoy the latest documentary films and new media projects from your home.

IDFA brings the whole world all the way to your living room. Home viewing also means that you can watch screenings alone or with other film lovers for the price of only one ticket.

Here to help you navigate the extensive programme is a list of our recommendations, the Patta Guide To IDFA. 

Dope Is Death

  • Mia Donovan

  • 2020

Combining controversial political activism with the struggle for
civil rights in 1970s America, Mutulu Shakur stood up for
people living in poverty in New York’s South Bronx and was at
the forefront of acupuncture treatment for drug addiction.


  • Sam Pollard

  • 2020

A revealing documentary drawing on declassified documents released by the American government and the FBI that uncovers the steps taken by the intelligence service to bug Martin Luther King and discredit him.

White Noise

  • Daniel Lombroso

  • 2020

A glimpse into the extreme right-wing world of alt-right activist
Richard Spencer, influencer Lauren Southern and anti-feminist
Mike Cernovich. Even they had little idea of what effect their
“white noise” would have.

[The Black Man in the Cosmos]

  • Kitoko Diva

  • 2019

This installation connects jazz musician Sun Ra’s Afrofuturist
visions and the 1974 film Space Is the Place to the 2016 protests
in France prompted by the death of Adama Traoré, following
his heavy-handed arrest.

David Byrne’s American Utopia

  • Spike Lee

  • 2020

Spike Lee’s spellbinding concert film of David Byrne’s
Broadway show American Utopia. The former Talking Heads
front man sings, talks, and even dances, as he searches for hope
and connection—with a touch of politics and activism.


  • Garrett Bradley

  • 2020

An impressive portrait of Fox Rich, who raised six sons on her
own while fighting the judicial system. Her husband was
sentenced to 60 years in prison for a bank robbery with a loot
of just a few thousand dollars.


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