Mockumentary

A mockumentary (a portmanteau of the words mock and documentary) is a type of film or television show in which fictional events are presented in documentary style to create a parody. These productions are often used to analyze or comment on current events and issues by using a fictional setting, or to parody the documentary form itself. They may be either comedic or dramatic in form, although comedic mockumentaries are more common. A dramatic mockumentary (sometimes referred to as docufiction) should not be confused with docudrama, a fictional genre in which dramatic techniques are combined with documentary elements to depict real events.

Mockumentaries are often presented as historical yet witty documentaries, with B roll and talking heads discussing past events, or as cinéma vérité pieces following people as they go through various events. Though the precise origins of the genre are not known, examples emerged during the 1950s, when archival film footage became relatively easy to locate. A very early example was a short piece on the "Swiss Spaghetti Harvest" that appeared as an April fools' joke on the British television program Panorama in 1957.

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Farrukh Dhondy | When religions, cults dominate, truth a casualty & nations suffer

Deccan Chronicle 13 Aug 2022
Religion has, throughout history, dominated the realms of politics and governance ... To commemorate India’s 75 years of Independence, Britain’s Channel 4 TV featured two documentaries on the negotiations that led to the events of August 1947 ... The documentaries detail the ......
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Carson Daly Recalls Fearing Death at "Insane" Woodstock '99 Festival

E! Online 13 Aug 2022
Carson Daly is remembering a terrifying time in music history. Following the release of the Netflix documentary Trainwreck. Woodstock '99, Carson recalled what it was like to host... ....
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‘Comfort women’ issue archiving urged

Taipei Times 12 Aug 2022
History must not be forgotten and the truth must be known,” they said ... However, asked whether schools teach this history, 46.7 percent said they did not know and 53.2 percent said they do not, Tu said, adding that most people said they learned about the issue from documentaries or news programs....
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How Amazon's A League of Their Own Differs From the Movie—But Stays True to History

Time 12 Aug 2022
Ultimately, A League of Their Own differs from the movie, but it stays true to history ... No woman has ever been signed by MLB in its 146-year history, despite there being no rules against women playing for the league, which makes Stone’s signing an impressive feat ... Their love story was the subject of the 2020 Netflix documentary A Secret Love....
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How Amazon’s A League of Their Own Differs From the Movie—But Stays True to History

Time Magazine 12 Aug 2022
Ultimately, A League of Their Own differs from the movie, but it stays true to history ... No woman has ever been signed by MLB in its 146-year history, despite there being no rules against women playing for the league, which makes Stone’s signing an impressive feat ... Their love story was the subject of the 2020 Netflix documentary A Secret Love....
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'I feel like I’m out of the stream of life'

News Watchman 12 Aug 2022
This is part one of a three-part series about Loyal who enrolled in our outpatient hospice program with end-stage lung cancer ... Louis ... A few years ago, I watched a History Channel documentary about the construction of the Hoover Dam ... We were younger then ... A few years ago, I watched a History Channel documentary about the construction of the Hoover Dam ... ....
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When Philly had a championship-winning Black baseball team: Remembering the Philadelphia Stars

The Philadelphia Tribune 12 Aug 2022
Philadelphia has a rich baseball history. Everyone today knows the Phillies, who’ve been around more than a century ... Nevertheless, the Stars remain an obscure part of Philadelphia sports history ... Team videographer Dan Stephenson in 2016 produced a documentary titled “They Said We Couldn’t Play,” which delved into the former team’s history ... .......
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How a Bucks County man 'just missed' inventing the first automobile

The Doylestown Intelligencer 12 Aug 2022
How these history buffs found a cave believed to be a Doan Gang hideout. Hear how these Doylestown history buffs found a cave they believe was a Doan Gang hideout and how they will turn their journey into a documentary ... Fitch made history steaming 20 miles up the Delaware to Burlington....
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Yes, Metallica was at Woodstock '99, and in peak form. After that, things got weird

Finger Lakes Times 12 Aug 2022
This was the absolutely crushing Saturday night lineup of Woodstock '99, one of the most infamous nights in rock history ... Anger" came the utter embarrassment of the 2004 documentary "Some Kind of Monster," which depicts the band's management having hired a "performance enhancement coach" to work out internal issues and keep the band running....
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What’s Steve Martin’s puppy doing?

The Los Angeles Times 12 Aug 2022
Yeah ... it’s hot out there ... and ‘Melrose Place’ ... I was just starting to watch “The Last Movie Stars,” the extraordinary documentary about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, the greatest power couple in Hollywood history, when I saw the briefest, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it glimpse of the second season of HBO Max’s “The White Lotus” in a preview reel....
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With primary victory, St. Paul’s Leigh Finke on track to be MN’s first transgender lawmaker

Pioneer Press 12 Aug 2022
Following a primary victory Tuesday night, a first-time St ... Paul, is on track to be elected the first out-trans lawmaker in Minnesota history ... Leigh Finke, a 41-year-old documentary filmmaker and advocate, handily defeated Dave Thomas to secure the Democratic-Farmer-Labor nomination for House District 66A, an open state House seat held by Rep ... ....
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Acclaimed doc about ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin mired in legal fight

Finger Lakes Times 11 Aug 2022
When “Amazing Grace,” the long-awaited documentary of Aretha Franklin’s 1972 gospel performance premiered to sold-out audiences in November 2018, first in New York and then Los Angeles, the reception was euphoric ... When it was finally released, the documentary’s prospects for box office success and awards triumph seemed assured....
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Accusations against US actor Armie Hammer to be explored in new series

Irish Independent 11 Aug 2022
A series of allegations against actor Armie Hammer are set to be examined in a new documentary series. The three-part Discovery+ series, titled House Of Hammer, will also delve into the history of the wealthy American family.Hammer’s career has been in freefall since the ......

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