“Pink Ribbons Inc,” “Ambassador” in competition at IDFA 2011

Mads Brügger's The Ambassador, Léa Pool's Pink Ribbons Inc (pictured) and Werner Herzog's Into The Abyss are among the films competing for the best feature-length documentary prize at this year's IDFA, screening as part of the Dutch festival's slate of 300-plus docs.
October 14, 2011

Mads Brügger’s The Ambassador, Léa Pool’s Pink Ribbons Inc (pictured) and Werner Herzog’s Into The Abyss are among the films competing for the best feature-length documentary prize at this year’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), with the Dutch event today unveiling its full film program.

The IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary comes with a €12,500 (US$17,160) prize. The other films playing in the category are 5 Broken Cameras by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, About Canto by Ramon Gieling, Bad Weather by Giovanni Giommi, Bayou Blue by Alix Lambert and David McMahon, Cinema Jenin by Marcus Vetter, Five Star Existence by Sonja Lindén, Gozaran/Time Passing by Frank Scheffer, Mama Illegal by Ed Moschitz, Planet of Snail by Seung-Jun Yi, Putin’s Kiss by Lise Birk Pedersen, Six Million and One by David Fisher, Songs by Eduardo Coutinho and They Call it Myanmar – Lifting the Curtain by Robert H. Lieberman.

Among the other categories at this year’s IDFA, the Competition for Music Documentary features Keirda Bahruth’s Bob and the Monster and Michael Rapaport’s Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest; the Competition for First Appearance features Homer Etminani’s Nation and JD Leete’s Sealed Fate; and the Competition for Green Screen Documentary features Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks’ Surviving Progress and Jon Shenk’s TIFF-winner The Island President.

Other notable docs playing across this year’s festival, which runs in Amsterdam from November 16-27, include Frederick Wiseman’s Crazy Horse, Liz Garbus’s Bobby Fischer Against the World, Ashley Sabin and David Redmon’s Girl Model, Tristan Patterson’s Dragonslayer, Michael Collins’ Give Up Tomorrow, Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker’s Fightville, Jonathan Demme’s I’m Carolyn Parker, Greg Barker’s Koran by Heart, Julia Ivanova’s Family Portrait in Black and White and Cindy Meehl’s Buck.

As previously reported, IDFA will this year honor American filmmaker Steve James, screening a retrospective of his work as well as his 10 favorite documentaries, which include Barbara Kopple’s Fallen Champ and Robert Epstein’s The Times of Harvey Milk. The festival will also feature a special focus on Brazilian documentaries from across the past decade.

For the full list of the 320-plus documentaries playing at this year’s festival, of which 88 are world premieres, visit

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