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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The Best Documentaries Narrated By Morgan Freeman, Including The Story Of God

Cinema Blend 24 Aug 2019
Sure enough, there are several documentaries centered around this historical moon landing, but there is only one that is graced with the voice of Morgan Freeman as Neil Armstrong himself, recounting the voyage that changed the course of human history as we know it today ... The IMAX documentary, then, was a chance to see history through a big new lens....
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Documentary ‘Cold Case Hammarskjöld’ plays with form to light up decades-old international conspiracy

The Daily Californian 24 Aug 2019
DocumentaryCold Case Hammarskjöld’ plays with form to light up decades-old international conspiracy Wingman Media/Courtesy ... “Cold Case Hammarskjöld,” a new long-form documentary released Aug ... “Cold Case” is a drama and history course in one, with its protagonists traipsing across borders and delving into international affairs in search of answers....
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Documentary On One: Shining a light on Ireland's troubled past

RTE 23 Aug 2019
And while that history might seem far away now, November 1, 1920 holds a special, if traumatic, place in my family’s memory ... documentary maker Orla Higgins. I think documentaries like this not only tell us something about our shared history and collective family stories but have a bigger resonance as well ... Documentary On One....
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Hayden Liberty Center to host documentary screening

Sedalia Democrat 23 Aug 2019
... screening of highlights from the upcoming PBS documentary, “Country Music,” by Ken Burns on the history of country music....
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Free screenings of Burns' documentary set

Tahlequah Daily Press 23 Aug 2019
"Oklahoma has such a rich history in country music that it makes sense to preview Ken Burns' new film here," Ryan LaCroix, KOSU operations director said ... The new documentary series will premiere Sept ... "Country Music" is an eight-part, 16-hour documentary series directed and produced by Burns, that explores the history of a uniquely American art form....
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40 years' change through lens of British filmmaker

People Daily 23 Aug 2019
To make a documentary about Chinese history during his nine-month trip, Clarke lived with Chinese farmers in their village houses for several days and even spent some nights on black-awning boats, which were commonly seen in eastern China's water towns ... The documentary tells the ......
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Across China: 40 years' change through lens of British filmmaker

Xinhua 23 Aug 2019
To make a documentary about Chinese history during his nine-month trip, Clarke lived with Chinese farmers in their village houses for several days and even spent some nights on black-awning boats, which were commonly seen in eastern China's water towns ... The documentary tells the ......
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Old theater starts new life

The Baytown Sun 23 Aug 2019
Then at 8 p.m., a documentary about the theater’s history will be shown at nearby Town Square ...It’s been a long time coming,” Hamman said ... Especially with the history of Texas Avenue and the Brunson.” ... Highway 146 ... “My history group showed public support several years ago that the public was all for it,” Hamman said ... You get the sign going ... .......
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Everything you need to know about Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+

Detroit news 23 Aug 2019
Documentary/nonfiction series. ... – Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Documentary Series (available at launch). A documentary series about the 65-year-plus history of Walt Disney Imagineering (the creatives behind the Disney theme parks), spotlighting the people, the craft and the business itself....
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What We Want to See: A baker's dozen shows coming from Labor Day through Halloween

Lincoln Journal Star 23 Aug 2019
15-18; 22-25 -- NET TelevisionCountry Music” gets the Ken Burns treatment in this eight-part, 16-hour film that examines the history of the music by focusing on its trailblazers and leading lights, starting with The Carter Family. The documentary includes the “Grand Ole Opry,” ......
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'Motown,' 'Halston' and Kirsten Dunst's inverted pyramid

Union Leader 23 Aug 2019
The Making of Motown” (9 p.m ... So for Motown and Berry Gordy to present black talent in its own right and score decades of top 40 hits, at a time of civil rights activism and social tumult, is not merely music history, but American history. • You needn’t care about fashion to find the documentaryHalston” (9 p.m. Sunday, CNN) fascinating ... I don’t care....
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