Documentaries to Watch

Serbian Director Nikola Spasić Brings Trans-Identity and Religion Together in Docu-Fiction ‘Kristina’

“First, I will ask you to take 10 big, deep breaths.” Elegant Kristina attends a regressive hypnosis session. Lying on the floor, blindfolded, a woman’s voice guides her…

National Geographic Channel Acquires Latin American Rights to Elizabeth Unger’s Genre Bending Wildlife Crime Documentary ‘Tigre Gente’ (EXCLUSIVE)

National Geographic Channel has acquired Elizabeth Unger’s wildlife-crime documentary feature “Tigre Gente” in Latin America, where the film will premiere on April 22 as part of the channel’s…

Lizzo Previews New Year’s Concert Special and Revealing ‘Love, Lizzo’ Documentary: ‘I’m Nervous… but I Can’t Care Anymore’

After her No. 1 single “About Damn Time” was touted among the songs of the summer, Lizzo is now staking her claim on the holiday season. The Grammy…

Why a Documentary Filmmaker Really Wanted to Put the Spotlight on Charlie Trotter, Godfather of Food Porn

Rebecca Halpern’s latest documentary “Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie” examines iconic Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, who developed micro-greens and helped make vegetarianism mainstream. The…

Grace Phelps-Roper’s Escape From the Westboro Baptist Church to Be Explored in ‘Where We Belong’

Susanne Opstal’s “Where We Belong,” one of 21 feature film projects selected as part of the IDFA Forum Pitches program, revolves around the director’s relationship with Grace Phelps-Roper,…

IDFA Forum Award Winner Kani Lapuerta on Trans Girl Documentary ‘Ninxs’

Seven years ago, Kani Lapuerta began working on his first feature-length documentary “Ninxs.” About Karla, a 14-year-old trans girl who lives in Mexico living in a binary society,…

FTX Documentary Underway in Bahamas From Oscar-Nominated Director David Darg (EXCLUSIVE)

The implosion of cryptocurrency platform FTX and its increasingly infamous founder Sam Bankman-Fried is the subject of a new documentary from premium nonfiction studio XTR. The company behind…

Directors of Oscar-Hopeful Amazon Doc ‘Wildcat’ Discuss Mental Health, Film’s Life-Changing Multi-Million Deal

In October of 2021, Amazon Studios announced it was acquiring Trevor Beck Frost and Melissa Lesh’s “Wildcat” for a price nearing $20 million, a staggering sum for a…

What Is the Moral Force Driving Documentary Film Festivals?

Things got heady during a Saturday IDFA Dialogue talk featuring the fest’s artistic director, Orwa Nyrabia, and IDFA Queer Day guest curator, philosopher-writer Simon(e) van Saarloos. Titled “What…

IDFA Doc About Turkish Femicide Survivor ‘My Name Is Happy’ Unveils First Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

In May 2015, 19-year-old Kurdish aspiring singer Mutlu Kaya was shot in the head by a man whose marriage proposal she refused. The femicide attempt came after dozens…

IDFA Guest of Honor Laura Poitras Talks About Being Put on a Terrorist Watchlist, Free Press, Jafar Panahi

“One of my main jobs is to expose the myth of American exceptionalism,” said Oscar-winning director Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour,” “The Oath”) at Amsterdam’s historic Royal Theatre Carré, where…

Iranian Co-Directors of IDFA Competition Film ‘Silent House’ Banned From Leaving Iran

The Iranian co-directors of “Silent House” have been banned from leaving their country, according to a spokesman for the film, and so will be unable to travel to…