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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Trail of Death subject of program

The Elkhart Truth 13 Dec 2019
To tell this history, the program will show the documentary “Like Birds in a Wind Storm,” which gives historical context to the Trail of Death and tells the story of a group of people who travel the trail to Kansas every few years....
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Everyone has the right to a defense: Myanmar’s lawyer

Taipei Times 13 Dec 2019
Three years later, in an al-Jazeera documentary, he was filmed saying. “Denying their history, denying the legitimacy of their right to live where they live, these are all warning signs that mean that it’s not frivolous to envisage the use of the word ‘genocide.’”....
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E.R. Shipp: Understand the real story of Rosa Parks

Winona Daily News 13 Dec 2019
When that old story was circulated, perhaps it was a convenient history in service of somebody’s notion of what would inspire — or make a good fundraising pitch ... “I think it’s important that we liberate Rosa Parks and liberate ourselves from the tyranny of this superficial history,” Ken Burns, the documentary filmmaker, has said....
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Myanmar's lawyer to critics on genocide case: Everyone has right to defence

Yahoo Daily News 13 Dec 2019
Three years later, in an Al Jazeera documentary, he was filmed saying. "Denying their history, denying the legitimacy of their right to live where they live, these are all warning signs that mean that it's not frivolous to envisage the use of the word genocide."....
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Barodian’s documentary screened at US arts fest

The Times of India 12 Dec 2019
Film-maker Sangita Iyer’s documentary titled, ‘Gurucool – Shifting Mindsets’, is based on the 21st century education system and how experts in Vadodara are impacting the shift ... The documentary attempts to discover how we can revive our rich cultural heritage and history to transform our future,” Iyer explained....
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Ones to watch: unmissable movies at Sharjah Film Platform

The National 12 Dec 2019
The festival presents short and feature-length films, including documentaries and experimental works, all of which were selected through an open call ... Emilia Clarke praises 'breathtaking' Syrian documentary film in Instagram post ... documentary, narrative and experimental....
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Fox News host Chris Wallace escalated the network's war with Trump, blaming him for the ...

Business Insider 12 Dec 2019
Fox News host Chris Wallace said President Donald Trump "is engaged in the most direct sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history." ... Fox News host Chris Wallace said that US President Donald Trump has launched the most sustained attack on press freedom in the country's history....
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‘63 Up’ director Michael Apted still going strong

San Francisco Examiner 12 Dec 2019
Mentioning that he’ll be involved in the project as long as he “can breathe and speak,” Apted calls the collective nine documentaries “unique in the history of film and of broadcasting anywhere in the world.” ... Apted began directing the documentaries ......
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Column: The real story of Rosa Parks

Gloucester Times 12 Dec 2019
In Her Own Words.” When that old story was circulated, perhaps it was a convenient history in service of somebody’s notion of what would inspire — or make a good fundraising pitch ... “I think it’s important that we liberate Rosa Parks and liberate ourselves from the tyranny of this superficial history,” Ken Burns, the documentary filmmaker, has said....
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Lake George mini-documentaries focus on 'magic moments'

The Post-Star 12 Dec 2019
The title screen for a mini-documentary series called, Lake George On the Water, produced by the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library.� ... The mini-documentaries range from around 2- to 5-minutes long and cover science, history, art and more on Lake George ... The mini documentary ......
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How the Prosecution of Animal Rights Activists As Terrorists Foretold Today’s Criminalization of Dissent

The Intercept 12 Dec 2019
“These tactics worked then, and they’ll work again,” he says in the documentary ... According to investigative journalist Will Potter, who offers expert commentary throughout the documentary, at the time the FBI dedicated more wiretaps to SHAC than any other counterterrorism investigation in history....
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Sinatra’s birthday today: We remember when “Old Blue Eyes” was red

People's World 12 Dec 2019
Gerald Meyer taught history for many years at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York and authored the biography of him entitled “Vito Marcantonio ... Indeed, Sinatra may be the most documented entertainer in history....
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Revealed: Billboard's 2019 Women In Music Top Executives

Billboard 12 Dec 2019
The rest is history.” While Gryn works with Republic’s superstars, she is also focused on the growth of rising artists Julia Michaels, who just headlined her first tour, and Jeremy Zucker, who has logged 430 million streams ... Ken Burns brought that history to some 34 million PBS viewers this fall in his documentary Country Music....
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