Events — 4 oct 2023

IDFA will officially open the doors of the Vondelpark Pavilion in March 2024 as a documentary center with a wide and diverse range of film screenings, workshops, exhibitions and all kinds of other activities focusing on documentary art. This fall, there will be ‘pilot programming’, including the first collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum: a screening of All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, about the life and work of Nan Goldin.

Prior to the screening, there will be an introduction by Maan Meelker (editor at Cineville).

12 EUR
6 EUR students
IDFA Vondelpark Under Construction
4 oct 2023
Main language
Dutch, film is English (Dutch subtitles)
Tickets (sold out)

Nan Goldin earned fame for her intimate and often intense photos of subcultures she was part of. Now she's fighting the Sackler family, whose wealth comes from selling the addictive painkiller OxyContin. All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is a moving, visual story about love and pain. Her solo exhibition This Will Not End Well is on display at the Stedelijk Museum between October 7, 2023 and January 28, 2024.

Nan and Barbara holding hands
Photo courtesy of Nan Goldin, Nan and Barbara holding hands


Activist Nan Goldin and artist Nan Goldin are inextricably bound up with one another in this candid documentary on the groundbreaking American photographer. Oscar-winning director Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) interviews Goldin about her life and what drives her. Poitras illustrates Goldin’s personal narrative with photographs and footage of the protests she has organized.

Goldin left home at a young age, and had her breakthrough as a photographer with The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, a series of intimate snapshots featuring her friends and herself. Nowadays, she devotes her energies to her activist group PAIN (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now), which stands up for people addicted to painkillers and fights the producers of these medications, the Sacklers. This family has made billions of dollars from sales of OxyContin, contributing to the opioid crisis in the US.

Nan Goldin speaks from experience: she was prescribed the painkiller following an operation and was immediately hooked. Back then, she only knew the Sacklers as the philanthropists who sponsored leading museums—museums in which her own work was on display.

This program is developed in collaboration with IDFA