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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6 ways to commemorate Black History Month in Kalamazoo

Michigan Live 13 Feb 2020
KALAMAZOO, MI — Since 1976, Black History Month has been nationally recognized each February. The Kalamazoo community will host a number of events in honor of Black History Month, from documentary viewings and discussions to a party celebrating African American culture ... A Celebration of Black History Month and the Memory of MLK....

Local authors pen memoir  on Harvard's racial barriers

The Daily Star 12 Feb 2020
They had initially envisioned producing a documentary film recounting Garrett's Harvard experience, patching together interviews with as many of the classmates as Garrett could track down ... "Not knowing Negro history, we lacked a sense of an unfolding story that applied to the 'we,' and so we focused on the 'me.'"....

When will the art TV binge begin? Platforms like Netflix and Amazon are slow to ...

The Art Newspaper 11 Feb 2020
Type “art history” into Amazon Prime’s search engine and 202 results pop up, from a 1992 documentary on Hermitage Masterpieces to Art of the Heist, which “investigates the most high-profile art thefts of the 20th and 21st centuries” ... “We always try to create documentaries for a wide audience....

30 years after his Mike Tyson fight, Buster Douglas is ‘feeling good’

Tampabay 11 Feb 2020
In one of the more spectacular upsets in sports history, Douglas defeated Mike Tyson, the reigning world heavyweight champion on Feb ... The fight is still remembered as one of the most spectacular upsets in sports history. Douglas' story gained new attention with the 2018 release of an ESPN documentary, titled "42 to 1" after the odds against Douglas....

Buster bounces back to KO dark days

China Daily 11 Feb 2020
The man who famously stunned Tyson has given life's troubles the old one-two and found fulfillment through charity ... 42 to 1 ... The fight is still remembered as one of the most spectacular upsets in sports history. Douglas' story gained new attention with the 2018 release of the ESPN documentary 42 to 1, referencing the bookmakers' odds for the fight....

Buster Douglas KO’d Mike Tyson 30 years ago today, shocked sports world

Las Vegas Review-Journal 11 Feb 2020
11, 1990, in Tokyo (Feb ... The number that Tyson eventually reached as a favorite — 42-1, or -4200 on the odds board (meaning a bettor had to bet $4,200 to win $100 on Tyson) — became part of the fight’s lore and was even the title of an ESPN documentary on the bout, considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of sports ... ....

Names in the news

The Marshall News Messenger 11 Feb 2020
Other nominated films in the international feature category included North Macedonia’s “Honeyland,” which also made Academy Awards history as the first film to be nominated in both documentary and international feature categories ... While that made history as the first-ever foreign ......

[LISTEN] Zaytoven Says Gucci Mane Became Rapper By Mistake in ‘Trap History’ Book and Audio Documentary

The Source 10 Feb 2020
Shaw discusses Gucci Mane’s rise to fame in “The Evolution of Gucci Mane,” episode 3 of the Trap History audio documentary that will be released on Tuesday, March 3 on Audible ... His nephew was trying to be a rapper,” Zaytoven says in an excerpt of the “Tap History” audio documentary....

Not just 'Parasite': South Korean documentary also up for Oscar

Korea Times 10 Feb 2020
While all eyes will be on Parasite, the film by director Bong Joon-ho that is nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, another film from South Korea is also making history this weekend in Hollywood. In the Absence, a 29-minute documentary by director Yi Seung-jun ......

African-American World War II veterans share their stories

Pittsburgh Tribune Review 10 Feb 2020
The new WQED documentary, “The Good Fight,” tells the stories of African-American veterans and war workers during World War II ... 13, the documentary will rebroadcast at 7.30 p.m ... Written and produced by Chris Moore and Minette Seate, the documentary introduces viewers to Americans who share the experiences that helped make history....

Duffus Presents Second Lecture of Series

The Pilot 10 Feb 2020
The romance, beauty, history and tales of the famous Cape Fear Lighthouses is brought to life by noted historian, author and film maker Kevin Duffus in the second of the three-part Weymouth Center Arts and Humanities Lecture series ... Society of Historians History Book Award. He has created numerous documentaries and his work spans 500 years of N.C....

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on documentary "Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution"

CBS News 10 Feb 2020
The NBA legend talks about African-Americans who helped win our nation's independence, as explored in his new History Channel documentary ... ....