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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Oprah Winfrey documentary to release on Apple TV+

The Philadelphia Tribune 19 Jan 2021
LOS ANGELES — Media mogul Oprah Winfrey will have a biographical documentary released on Apple TV+. The streaming platform announced recently a two-part documentary focusing on Winfrey's life. The project will chronicle 25 years of American history through the lens of Winfrey "who ......

When the FBI Spied on MLK

The Atlantic 18 Jan 2021
“We must mark him now as the most dangerous Negro in the future of this Nation.” The extent to which the FBI spent the last years of King’s life attempting to neutralize that perceived threat is the subject of an insightful new documentary by the director Sam Pollard ... “I know the history of Ida B....

MLK/FBI Offers a Nuanced Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.

Vanity Fair 18 Jan 2021
In director Sam Pollard’s new documentary MLK/FBI, close friends and family of the murdered civil rights leader say he dismissed concerns that government authorities, under the direction of J ... “This was an opportunity to look at American history from a deeper, more nuanced perspective in terms of the role of the FBI in trying to discredit Dr....

Today in Hip-Hop History: The Game Dropped His Debut LP ‘The Documentary’ 16 Years Ago

The Source 18 Jan 2021
On this date in 2005, Compton emcee The Game released his debut album The Documentary on Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope records ... These key elements make The Documentary The Game’s most notable and successful album to date ... The post Today in Hip-Hop History....

'They Wanted to Destroy the Film’ – Inside a New Documentary About the KLF

Vice 18 Jan 2021
I caught up with Paul to chat about death, “Mumufication” and working with two of the most notorious artists in British music history on a documentary that very nearly didn’t see the light of day ... The documentary begins in a dark, dystopian manner, but ends on quite a sentimental, human note....

Myths of Mankind

Bitchute 18 Jan 2021
Documentary Series with a deeper look in to our history. ....

Erik Brady: 3 historians who tell as much about present as misremembered past

The Buffalo News 18 Jan 2021
“The history of the United States is rife with episodes of political violence far bloodier and more destructive than the one President Trump incited at the Capitol on Wednesday ... This, of course, echoes those age-old admonitions about how those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it ... A Documentary History”....

Stewart Lee film ‘King Rocker’ lands February premiere date

NME 18 Jan 2021
Upcoming Stewart Lee film King Rocker has landed a premiere date on Sky Arts next month. READ MORE. Stewart Lee. “People like Sleaford Mods’ powerless rage – I have that too”. The documentary delves into punk history and follows The Nightingales and The Prefects frontman Robert Lloyd, who has gone “under the radar for four decades” ... Credit ... ....

Whitewashed Hope

Resilience 18 Jan 2021
While they both borrow practices from Indigenous cultures, critically, they leave out our worldviews and continue the pattern of erasing our history and contributions to the modern world ... Holistic includes History ... ‘Everything’, however, tends to EXCLUDE history ... Watch @gatherfilm and Aluna documentary....

Punjab school events: Bhavan’s alumni arm donate books to needy

Hindustan Times 18 Jan 2021
Senior principal Vineeta Arora appreciated the efforts made by BOSS and said that it has sincerely committed itself to the betterment of the society, truly exemplifying the fundamental values of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 01.18 PM IST ... A documentary about the achievements of the Indian Army and its history was shown ... .......

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