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Life In Europe

‘Life in Europe’ is the title of a program initiated in 2019 by the ECF and the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), which presents each year a selection of documentary films that encourages the public debate on Europe.

By supporting and partnering with platforms such as IDFA we invite you and ourselves to envisage Europe in all its facets and in all its complexity.

The history of Europe is made up of many stories told by many people with varying perspectives. These stories are essential for developing sentiments, a sense of belonging, but also for challenging the status quo where it seems insufficient.


The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is the world’s largest documentary film festival held annually since 1988 in Amsterdam, and an acclaimed platform for independent films. IDFA stimulates and strengthens a European culture of solidarity, activating the public debate on Europe through documentary films, by offering an independent and inspiring online and offline meeting places for audiences and professionals.

Since 2019 the European Cultural Foundation hosts a DocTalk at the festival; a longer interview with directors and protagonists in their documentary.

In the first ECF DocTalk we discussed and applauded Alexander Nanau’s Colectiv. In 2020 we did the same with Milo Rau’s The New Gospel. In 2021 Judges Under Pressure by director Kacper Lisowski deeply impressed the audience.

Pathway 'Life in Europe' 2019

Pathway 'Life in Europe' 2020

Pathway 'Life in Europe' 2021

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