The first documentaries to screen at IDFA have been announced

The first round of documentaries have been announced to screen at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam.

In the ‘Best of Fests’ section, The Raft and Heartbound will be shown. The Raft is a Swedish/Danish documentary about a group of women and men who were sent across the Atlantic Ocean on a small raft in the 1970s. It was part of a radical experiment by Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genoves, who filmed and documented the behaviour on board – he wanted to investigate whether human beings are naturally aggressive. The documentary tracks down the participants forty years later and invites them to look back on the experiment.

Heartbound is the latest work from Janus Metz, who previously directed Borg/McEnroe. The documentary takes a look at the number of Thai women married to Danish men, and how this began with Sommai, a Danish Thai who has been living with her husband Niels in northern Denmark for 25 years. She uses her experience and knowledge of Danish society to help other Thai women find husbands in Denmark.

In the ‘Masters’ section, the latest documentary about Ingmar Bergman has been selected. Directed by veteran filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta, Searching for Ingmar Bergman examines Bergman’s work and his approach to filmmaking. Von Trotta travels around Sweden to talk to Bergman’s family and colleagues about his work.

The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam runs from the 14th until the 25th of November.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.