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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Black church documentary teaches cultural significance of gospel music, wins 3 awards

Indianapolis Recorder 05 Aug 2021
The documentaryAmen! Music of the Black Church,” produced by WTIU, explains the history and culture behind Black church music, while demonstrating these traditions through the choir’s live harmonic performance ... Raymond Wise, and since the documentary premiered April 2020, it has won three awards....

The celebration continues

The Lawton Constitution 05 Aug 2021
Citizens visiting all 12 locations may be entered to have a name etched into Lawton history forever on a bench to be placed at Shepler Park ... The tour will provide history markers in Lawton’s history with photos from 1950s and 1960s ... The documentary centers around the history, life, heritage and culture of Lawton....

‘It Was Terrifying, Moving & Awe-Inspiring’: Director Lucy Walker On CBSN Documentary ‘Bring Your Own Brigade’

CBS Sports 05 Aug 2021
The history of wildfires and the problems they are causing our world is the subject of a new CBSN Films documentary from 2x Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker called Bring Your Own Brigade.” ... I’ve made a lot of documentaries, but this one was about where I moved to....

Gotham Awards Announce Gender-Neutral Acting Categories

The Wrap 05 Aug 2021
The Gotham Awards will replace their Best Actor and Best Actress categories with a single gender-neutral acting category for its upcoming November ceremony ... And international documentaries will now be eligible in the Best Documentary category. “The Gotham Awards have a 30-year history of celebrating diverse voices in independent storytelling ... ....

Sacha Jenkins tells Jalen Rose about the Rick James we don’t know

New York Post 05 Aug 2021
My “Renaissance Man” guest this week has managed to paint the full picture of James in his Showtime documentary, “Bitchin... He started making documentaries ... In fact, he said Jay Z was responsible for him making his 2015Fresh Dressed” documentary about the history of fashion in hip-hop....

Declan O'Rourke to publish debut novel in October

RTE 05 Aug 2021
... chapters in Irish history to song, including the story of Pádraig and Cáit ua Buachalla ... "Through these characters - utilising local history and documentary evidence - Declan creates a kaleidoscopic view of this defining moment in Ireland's history."....

How to speak out about racism in the workplace

Metro UK 05 Aug 2021
Commit to checking out documentaries about race. Learn something new about Black history, beyond enslavement, in online courses ... ‘Take time to learn about the structures of racism in society, about the contributions that immigrant communities have made for centuries, and about how Britain’s history of empire has shaped society today,’ she suggests ... ....

Oscar Nominee Waad Al-Kateab to Direct Documentary on Refugee Olympic Team

The Wrap 04 Aug 2021
After “For Sama” won four BAFTA awards, making it the most nominated documentary in BAFTA’s history, Al-Kateab started the “Action For Sama,” advocacy campaign which raises awareness on Syrian conflicts ... “Our hope for this documentary is to shed light ......

Engineer Who Intercepted Chinese TV Broadcast Arrested Again After 13 Years in Prison

The Epoch Times 04 Aug 2021
All this because in 2005, the former construction engineer helped hijack a Chinese cable television broadcast to play a documentary exposing the communist regime’s history of murder and deceit....

Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber Single "Stuck With U" Raises Over $3.5 Million Dollars For ...

The Salamanca Press 04 Aug 2021
... "Scorpion,"�Ariana�Grande feature documentary "Excuse Me, I Love You" with Netflix, "Never Say Never," which remains the highest grossing music�documentary in domestic box-office history�and most recently, YouTube's critically acclaimed four part docuseries "Demi Lovato....

James (Jim) A. Miller Jr.

The Paducah Sun 04 Aug 2021
BOAZ — James (Jim) A. Miller Jr., Master Sergeant, U.S. Army Retired of Boaz. Passed away on August 2, 2021. Jim was 75 years old. Jim was born in DuQuoin, Illinois, on April 8, 1946 ... Logan College in Carterville, Illinois ... Air Force ... Fielding Jr. of Boaz ... Jim enjoyed reading, studying and watching documentaries on American history and American war history ... ....

Netflix's 'Cooking with Paris' is a self-aware fantasy you'll just fall into

Mashable 04 Aug 2021
From the jump, Cooking with Paris assumes you want to be “cooking with Paris” — and considering the star’s tumultuous Hollywood history that may not be true for all viewers ... evolving personal history and complicated relationship to the modern fame economy....

Good Morning, Buffalo: Options for Cuomo narrow as more Democrats join calls for resignation

The Buffalo News 04 Aug 2021
COMPILED BY BRIAN MEYER. Aug. 4, 2021 ... McCarthy says the options for Cuomo are narrowing as "his own Democrats – without equivocation – joined the chorus that could end one of the most powerful gubernatorial reigns in state history." ... Built For Buffalo – A documentary book containing a collection of stories and original photographs from our newsroom....

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