IDFA 2013: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

I recently returned from IDFA, where I saw 21 films from 18 countries, including Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Syria, and the United States.

Here are the films I saw, listed from longest to shortest (all except two from 2013). There wasn't a film that with a friend I wouldn't watch again; but, my off-the-cuff top five: 5, 8, 9, 17, 18.

1. Manhunt (103 min, USA)
2. Burden of Dreams (94 min, USA) (1982)
3. Putin’s Games (90 min; Germany, Israel, Austria)
4. Wukan: Flame of Democracy (90 min, Singpaore)
5. Return to Homs (87 min; Syria, Germany)
6. Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (86 min, Denmark)
7. Dirty Wars (86 min, USA)
8. Shado’man (86 min; The Netherlands, France)
9. The Fourth Brother (86 min, China)
10. The River (86 min, Algeria)
11. The Devil’s Lair (82 min, South Africa)
12. Life Almost Wonderful (80 min; Bulgaria, Belgium)
13. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (80 min, Germany) (1997)
14. The Condemned (80 min; Russia, England)
15. Horses of Fukushima (76 min, Japan)
16. Coach Zoran and His African Tigers (75 min, England)
17. The Wild Years (73 min, Spain)
18. Mothers (70 min, China)
19. Sex: My British Job (63 min, England)
20. The Undertaker (52 min; Serbia, Germany)
21. No Man’s Land (29 min, England)