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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"Kings And Generals" Voicing Ukraine's History And War Facts

Victoria Advocate 26 Sep 2022
The famous historical animated documentary series by Kings and Generals on the history of the medieval era includes a video on the origins of Ukrainians ... The documentary even touches on the Mongol period ... The platform is known for producing historical animated documentaries and assisting viewers in visualizing history and learning from the past....

Italy and the Ken Burns documentary

Democratic Underground 26 Sep 2022
Shame people in Italy didn't watch the Ken Burns documentary "US and the Holocaust" before heading to the polls ... History is basically repeating itself in certain parts of Europe....

Iman looks much younger than her 67 years as she dons a pink and purple ...

The Daily Mail 26 Sep 2022
On the show the widow of David Bowie talked up her documentary about black models ... Documentary ... The life of Iman's late husband, David Bowie, is being told in the new documentary Moonage Daydream ... First Black supermodel Iman talks about new documentary celebrating Black history in fashion - CBS News Official Trailer ....

"American Pickers" to film in Georgia

Morgan Citizen 26 Sep 2022
The American Pickers are returning to Georgia and plan to film episodes of The History Channel hit television series throughout the area in December 2022. "American Pickers" is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on The History Channel ... or call (646) 493-2184. ....

Letter to the Editor: Trump has been out of office for two years, it’s time ...

Summit Daily 26 Sep 2022
... struck by how history is repeating itself,” referring to the Holocaust Documentary on PBS....

Western democracy is being destroyed to protect Israel

Middle East Monitor 26 Sep 2022
A damning three-part Al Jazeera TV documentary has based its findings on the content of the largest ever document leak in British political history ... In .......

Ken Burns Holocaust documentary makes it harder to kid ourselves about U.S. culpability

Kansas City Star 26 Sep 2022
Those who think we should tell only happy stories about America will not want to watch the new PBS Ken Burns documentary, “The U.S. and the Holocaust.” History majors like … Click to Continue » ... ....

Special event on Urdu poetry’s role in anti-apartheid movement organised in S Africa

Indian Express 26 Sep 2022
Once dacoit, now cheetah mitra, Ramesh Sikarwar says. ‘If anyone attacks ... Two teams are now researching the history of Urdu poetry in South Africa. One will come out with a book and the other is exploring the idea of a documentary film ... “She became the most consistent in recording the struggle history of our country through her poetry ... Next Story ... ....

A new island is forming in the Pacific Ocean after a volcanic eruption

Yahoo Daily News 26 Sep 2022
A volcano that erupted in the southwest Pacific Ocean has started to create a new island. On Sept. 10, a volcano erupted on Home Reef, an undersea mountain that is not usually visible ... By Sept ... / Credit. Tonga Geological Services ... / Credit ... First Black supermodel Iman talks about new documentary celebrating Black history in fashion ... .......

Reporters' Notebook: Sept. 26, 2022 – Buzzing

The Buffalo News 26 Sep 2022
OLAF FUB SEZ. According to former New Jersey Gov ... . ... Tuesday ... People are also reading… ... . ... . ... The Happy Hour History series at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Buffalo History Museum greets the new hockey season with a screening of “The Fan Connection,” a documentary by filmmaker Mary Wall that follows die-hard fans through a Buffalo Sabres season ... . ... 222....

Forest service seizes PG&E equipment as part of fire probe

Caledonian Record 26 Sep 2022
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal investigators have taken possession of a Pacific Gas and Electric Co ... U.S ... Federal investigators removed the pole and equipment on Saturday, the utility said. The Mosquito Fire has scorched 120 square miles (310 square kilometers) and was 85% contained as of Monday ... Documentary explores history of asylum for Black patients....

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Caledonian Record 26 Sep 2022
Des Moines Register. September 25, 2022. Editorial. Iowa gun amendment has no upside and hard-to-measure risks. Vote no. If this passes, policymakers could find themselves unable to act meaningfully to keep their constituents safe. Time to talk about the back of the ballot ... Constitution ... +2 ... +3. Documentary explores history of asylum for Black patients ... END....

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