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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Arcade Dreams documentary covers a century of game history

Boing Boing 01 Dec 2020
Arcade Dreams is a forthcoming documentary series about the 100-year history of ......

How to Watch 'Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man' at Home (Plus, a Giveaway!)

Treehugger 01 Dec 2020
The latest documentary to make this journey is "Chuck Leavell ... In a nutshell, the documentary chronicles the life of one of the greatest pianists in rock ’n’ roll history as he divides his time and talent between music, forests, and family ... Now that the documentary is out in the wild, we wanted to make sure everyone knew where to find it....

UAE National Day 2020: How to celebrate from the comfort of your home

Gulf News 01 Dec 2020
Etisalat e-life’s dedicated National Day on-demand channel will be showing a range of Image Nation productions, including inspirational documentaries History of the Emirates, Botoula, Lest We Forget and Back to the Wild, as well as a diverse series of short films created by ......

Band, cheerleaders and mascots bring 'Nebraska Spirit' to NET documentary

Scottsbluff StarHerald 01 Dec 2020
Go Big Red,” a new documentary from NET Nebraska that looks at the history and functions of the Cornhusker Marching Band, cheerleaders, dancers and mascots who have fired up Husker fans at sporting events for well more than a century ... The cheer squad's history is even more compelling ... The documentary repeats at 8.30 p.m ... HISTORY OF NEBRASKA MASCOTS....

New to Netflix: December 2020

Collider 01 Dec 2020
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Oscars best international feature 2021: all the films submitted so far

Screen Daily 01 Dec 2020
It follows a private investigator in Chile who hires someone to work as a mole at a retirement home where a client of his suspects the caretakers of elder abuse. premiered at Sundance in January 2020; the festival has a proud history of launching documentaries to Oscar ......

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Announces New Programming for Crackle for December

Omaha World-Herald 01 Dec 2020
Ringmasters Channel (December1st), let the battles begin with Crackle original series Heroes of Lucha Libre, Nacho Libre, the Crackle original documentary Lennox-Lewis. The Untold Story, and explosive boxing documentary Team Khan. History Lovers Channel (December1st), feel the cut ......

Marking the 49th UAE National Day

Korea Times 01 Dec 2020
H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE president / Courtesy of Embassy of UAE ... ― ED ... 2020 ... Courtesy of Embassy of UAE ... From this perspective, H.H ... State embassies and missions abroad also held online cultural talks, including the virtual dialogue on the documentary series "The History of the UAE," hosted by the UAE Embassy to the United Kingdom ... ....

The UAE-made films screening this National Day: from 'History of the Emirates' to 'Botoula'

The National 30 Nov 2020
History of the Emirates is a five-episode documentary on the history of the UAE, from the earliest human presence in the region to the national union in 1971, while Botoula is an 80-minute documentary that follows the story of young Emirati women aiming to compete in the World Pro Jiu-Jitsu competition....

Why you need to watch this new documentary on the Great Famine

RTE 30 Nov 2020
The Story of the Irish Famine is a timely reminder of the event's central place in Irish history ... The new documentary is a timely reminder of not only the event’s central place in Irish history, but also its place in the history of North America, Australia and Britain ... The Story of the Irish Famine documentary....

How to watch ‘2 Chainz Full Circle’ on ESPN+ | A collaboration between E60 & The Undefeated

Michigan Live 30 Nov 2020
Now ESPN’s E.60 platform and The Undefeated will partner to present a new documentary on rapper 2Chainz. The documentary will take a look at his passion for basketball and his history on the court ... The documentary premiered on ESPN+ last week and is now available to ESPN+ subscribers....

'Radiograph of a Family': Film Review | IDFA 2020

The Hollywood Reporter 30 Nov 2020
Firouzeh Khosrovani's prize-winning documentary uses the tensions between the filmmaker's parents as a mirror for Iran's turbulent recent history ... Piecing together her family history across half a century, Khosrovani's creative approach to cine-memoir pays only fleeting regard to documentary naturalism rules....

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