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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#AnneFrank: Parallel Stories needs to be on your Netflix watchlist

Stylist 03 Jul 2020
This documentary, new on Netflix this week, is well worth your time ... With so many documentaries on Netflix, it can be hard to decide which are truly worth your time ... We’ve read it in her widely-published diary, we’ve seen it portrayed films, and we’ve heard it discussed in radio shows and documentaries....
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'John Lewis: Good Trouble' highlights the civil rights icon's remarkable life

CNN 03 Jul 2020
A fitting if slightly disjointed tribute, the CNN Films documentary is somehow both timely and timeless in honoring a man who has spent his entire adult life in the public arena ... That's why despite the documentary's uneven aspects, his legacy is ample motivation for any student of history to see "Good Trouble" as a good investment....
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Documentary on 1962 China-India War returns to spotlight amid border dispute

Dawn 02 Jul 2020
The documentary, first released as an episode of the History programme on Shanghai television, shows how the Chinese military defeated the Indian troops who had tried to invade Chinese territory along the border in October 1962 ...Young people should watch this documentary to learn ......
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Interview and video: Oklahoma Native American filmmaker Sterlin Harjo talks new documentary 'Love and Fury,' Indigenous art, 'Reservation Dogs' and more

The Oklahoman 02 Jul 2020
and abroad for his latest feature-length documentary, "Love and Fury." ... Oklahoma musician Penny Pitchlynn is featured in Sterlin Harjo's documentary "Love and Fury." [Photo provided] ... Different kind of documentary ... "It's not like a normal documentary where you tell the story from Point A to Point B....
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John Lewis Wilson

DSJ Now 02 Jul 2020
John Lewis Wilson, born June 2, 1935, died June 12, 2020 ... John moved back to the family house in 1996 and among other things became interested in the history of Linn Creek, MO. He put together a story-line documentary entitled Whispering Waters on the history of the town ... ....
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The Best Movies to Stream This Weekend

The Stranger 02 Jul 2020
... history? Our picks for this weekend's best movies to stream at home include an award-winning tale of one of America's Founding Fathers (Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, streaming through Disney+) and a documentary about an influential civil rights leader (Dawn Porter's John Lewis....
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The Best Movies to Stream This Weekend in Seattle: July 2-5, 2020

The Stranger 02 Jul 2020
... history? Our picks for this weekend's best movies to stream at home include an award-winning tale of one of America's Founding Fathers (Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, streaming through Disney+) and a documentary about an influential civil rights leader (Dawn Porter's John Lewis....
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A rundown of the best films released in the first half of 2020

Inlander 02 Jul 2020
Using archival footage and current interviews, directors Nicole Newnham and James Lebrecht (the latter of whom was actually a Jened camper) have crafted a deeply moving documentary that's not only a snapshot of an idyllic place but a history lesson of a civil rights movement that's too often overlooked....
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TED’s summer culture list: 114 podcasts, books, TV shows, movies and more to nourish you

Ideas Ted 02 Jul 2020
We view scientific knowledge as the opposite of religious belief, but where and how did this schism originate? The six-part BBC documentary series explores the history of Christianity from the Scientific Revolution onward ... that explores the history of Black women in America....
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The Oxford Maternity Fraternity

The Jerusalem Post 02 Jul 2020
 From the beginning, it was all Herbie Jackson’s idea, but he just couldn’t have known or imagined how it was all going to turn out ... Laurence had passed away ... In 1992, he made an internationally acclaimed documentary about the ANC, and its history of struggle, called “Hold Up the Sun/Ulibambe Lingashoni.” ... ....
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Nat Geo History : History Documentaries 2020 HD

ZDNet 01 Jul 2020
The perceptions about history are shaped by the storytelling powers of storytellers. If you are one of those people who derive pleasure... ....
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History Documentaries

ZDNet 01 Jul 2020
Do you like to Learn about the old days? Are you interested in knowing all kinds of documentaries related to politics, society, civilizations,... ....
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Achievers

The Oklahoman 01 Jul 2020
Ten students representing five Oklahoma school systems received recognition for their projects during the 2020 National History Day contest ... The 2020 theme was “Breaking Barriers in History,” and students presented their work in the form of papers, documentaries, performances, exhibits or websites ... • Special Award for Equality in History....
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