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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 or the Forum on European Culture, the ECF invites us 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.

Forum on European Culture

The Forum on European Culture is a biennial multi-disciplinary event organised by De Balie and Dutch Culture. It brings together hundreds of artists, thinkers from all over the world to reflect on the future of Europe. The third edition took place in September 2020 under the thematic thread of We, the People! It explored the value, strength and impact of culture for Europe. Several civic councils and citizen’s encounters were organised, next to the main event in De Balie in Amsterdam in Athens, Warsaw and Palermo.


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.

As in 2019 the festival hosted a well curated ‘pathway’ Life in Europe with a series of movies touching on various aspects of European life. Every year European Cultural Foundation hosts a DocTalk at the festival; a longer interview with directors and protagonists in their documentary.

In 2019 we discussed and applauded Alexander Nanau’s Colectiv. In 2020 we did the same with Milo Rau’s The New Gospel.