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International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2023: Pathway ‘Life in Europe’ Back

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2023: Pathway ‘Life in Europe’

23 Oct 2023

Since 2019 the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and the European Cultural Foundation present a selection of documentary films that encourages the public debate on Europe, in the pathway Life in Europe.

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.

You can find all documentaries in the 2023 pathway via this link. Friends of the European Cultural Foundation can buy their tickets –online– with a reduction. This reduction is not only valid for Life in Europe documentaries, but for the complete IDFA programme, except screenings in Carré. Please enter the code ECF2903 at the check out.


Together with IDFA we picked two documentaries for a Doc Talk in this year’s edition:

Chasing the dazzling light

Director Yaser Kassab followed in his father’s footsteps by emigrating as a young man from Syria to Europe, and like his father he also had the ambition to become a filmmaker. Now they are working together on this film remotely. From Syria, the father gives his son direction on the phone or in video calls, along with advice about future film projects or how to organize his life—loving conversations interspersed with well-intentioned parental advice. More information.

Doc Talk, Monday November 13, 15.30 Tuschinski. We have invited Mohamed Bah, host of City Rights Radio, a partner in our Re:framing Migrants in the European Media project, to host the conversation following the screening of Chasing the Dazzling Light.


Gerlach van Beinum is one of the last old-school crop farmers in the Netherlands. Surrounded by the advancing exponents of modernity—distribution centers, highways, multinationals—he moves through the seasons at his own pace. We follow him for several years in his fields on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Read on.

Doc Talk, Friday November 17, 20.30 De Balie. For the screening of Gerlach we collaborate with De Balie.

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