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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Iranian Co-Directors of ‘Silent House’ Banned from Leaving Country

Videoage 30 Jan 2023
The feature documentary film Silent House, co-directed by Farnaz Jurabchian and Mohammadreza Jurabchian, has received the Mitrani Award from France’s FIPADOC festival, held from January 20-28, 2023 in Biarritz, France ... the global distribution of the documentary....

GPB to air Steffen Thomas documentary

Morgan Citizen 30 Jan 2023
Milk Crate Films announces it will license "Steffen Thomas. Rock & Chisel" to Georgia Public Broadcasting. The film runs one hour and will fill the 10 p.m ... Georgia Public Broadcasting has a long history of presenting quality documentary films on Georgia history and other subjects ... Freeman’s documentary "Somebody Else, Somewhere Else ... ....

Everyone Pamela Anderson has dated from Tommy Lee to her 12-day marriage

Metro UK 30 Jan 2023
The Baywatch star’s five marriages and multiple relationships have made for an eventful 30 years in the spotlight, and even more so now the star’s Netflix documentary, Pamela, a love story, will air in the UK on January 31 alongside her memoir Love, Pamela,. Actress Pamela, 55, said through the documentary and memoir she will tell her ‘life story’....

Patiala Military Literature Festival concludes

Indian Express 30 Jan 2023
Later, the Brave Heart Ride Motorcycle Rally of about 140 bike riders gathered at the Polo Ground and was flagged off by Ahuja ... Meanwhile, at the Clarion Call Theatre event, documentary films describing the passion, spirit and bravery of military history were also shown to the students ... ....

Miseducating education: an analysis of the neoliberal effect

The Malta Independent 30 Jan 2023
For instance, if the surveyed Dutch millennials were encouraged to imagine the atrocities that happened to their forefathers, for example by visiting concentration camps, reading history, or watching documentaries, some responses would have surely been changed....

Who Lost Vietnam? Mark Moyar’s New Book Spreads the Blame

The American Spectator 30 Jan 2023
The Vietnam War, 1965-1968, the book effectively trashes what Moyar calls the “orthodox” view of the war — the view of most American history books and the famous and widely watched PBS documentaries of Stanley Karnow and Ken Burns ... Why Nixon Will Never Get His Rightful Place in History....

What to do this week: Free ice skating, NYU Club Fest, student film festival

Washington Square News 30 Jan 2023
A cinematic history of calypso and soca music ... See director Kavery Dutta Kaul’s “One Hand Don’t Clap,” a documentary about calypso music and its history told by two singers from Trinidad and Tobago ... February’s market, which is being held in celebration of Black History Month, will ......

Bobby Hull dies at 84: former Blackhawks star had checkered past

Chicago Sun-Times 30 Jan 2023
But Hull’s history of inappropriate off-ice conduct — marked by rampant allegations of domestic abuse and racism — has long overshadowed his on-ice achievements ... Hull’s daughter, Michelle, who became a defense lawyer for female abuse victims, also detailed Hull’s history of alcoholism in that documentary....

Jalen Hurts is going to the Super Bowl? Bears’ Justin Fields should feel free to ...

Chicago Sun-Times 30 Jan 2023
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts runs against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images ... Was Justin Fields watching? One hopes ... For now ... 1 ... 1 ... TCU, 12 ... This documentary recalls the glory of the team with the single greatest defense in NFL history, none other than your 1985 Chicago Bea oops, sorry, make that the 2000 Ravens....

'Black Mooresville: The Untold Story' to premiere Feb. 11

Mooresville Tribune 29 Jan 2023
Presented by the town of Mooresville, the Mooresville Public Library, Iredell County Television and Mooresville’s 150th History volunteers, this presentation will include the 60-minute documentary, guest speakers, memorabilia and a time of fellowship....

‘More than just a hero or heretic’: the story of photographer and FBI informant Ernest Withers

The Observer 29 Jan 2023
But in The Picture Taker, a documentary premiering ahead of Black History Month, director Phil Bertelsen and producer Lise Yasui seek to explore that question using what can only be described as Withers’ best defense ... Few in the documentary take a strong stance against Withers....

Siddaramaiah should oppose BBC documentary: CM Bommai

Beijing News 29 Jan 2023
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that the BBC documentary which has been prepared by distorting the truth must be opposed by former CM Siddaramaiah also ... Former CM Siddaramaiah made a series of tweets on Friday against the ban imposed on the BBC documentary on PM Modi ... The documentary had been prepared by distorting the truths....

Siddaramaiah must oppose BBC documentary on Gujarat riots, says Karnataka CM Bommai

Indian Express 29 Jan 2023
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Sunday said that Congress leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah must oppose a BBC documentary on Narendra Modi ... Asked about Siddaramaiah\u2019s tweet on the ban imposed on the BBC documentary, he told reporters in Mysuru that this was a question of the nation\u2019s honour....

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