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IDFA makes 300 documentaries available to stream for free to help with coronavirus self-isolation

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the world’s largest documentary film gathering, is making over 300 of its collection available to stream online for free amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The IDFA, which offers an independent meeting place for audiences and professionals to see a diverse and high-quality program, triumphs its diverse nature and exhibits “content of the films as well as to the cultural backgrounds of the filmmakers.”

“IDFA offers an alternative to mass entertainment and uniformity, confirming that there is an increasing need in audiences for high-quality films that delve deep and urge us to reflect,” they explain. “Since 2007, the festival’s New Media program IDFA DocLab showcases the best interactive non-fiction storytelling and explores how the digital revolution is reshaping documentary art.”

With thousands of people worldwide being forced to self-isolate amid the spread of the virus, the IDFA are offering 302 of its acclaimed range of documentaries available to stream online without charge in a bid to help pass the time.

They explain: “We’re working hard to keep the selection as broad and accessible as possible, but unfortunately, some titles are available to stream within The Netherlands only.”

See the full collection of free documentaries, here.

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of 16 March, more than 173,000 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.

With more than 6,600 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 150 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.