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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‘Scandalous’ Film Review: National Enquirer Doc Couldn’t Be More Timely, Damning

The Wrap 15 Nov 2019
Landsman’s documentary is a multifaceted trek through the last half-century, tracing the history of the notorious periodical — famous for celebrity scandals, UFO sightings and political intrigue — from a sporting publication to a best-selling mainstay at supermarkets everywhere....

Netflix backtracks after 'rewriting' Holocaust in new series

The National 14 Nov 2019
Netflix has said it will add information to a Holocaust documentary on Nazi death camps that Poland said "rewrites history" because it features an "incorrect" map ... "In order to provide more information to our members about the important issues raised in this documentary and to avoid any misunderstanding......

The Attenborough effect: the power of nature documentaries

RTE 14 Nov 2019
how David Attenborough's nature documentaries motivate people to seek out more information about the natural world  ... Our findings suggest that natural history documentaries can and do play a role in leading viewers to learn more about the natural world – an important step in fostering a sense of connection with nature....

Scandalous: behind the sordid inner workings of the National Enquirer

The Guardian 14 Nov 2019
A new documentary traces the history of the publication from gore rag to sensational gossip magazine to its central role in the Trump presidency In February of this year, Michael Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, testified before ......

Several events celebrating 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji held around U.S.

News India Times 14 Nov 2019
Besides narrating Guru Nanak’s history and key points of Guru Nanak’s teachings, the documentary features such prominent Sikh luminaries ranging from Grammy nominee Snatam Kaur, to Mayor Ravi Bhalla of Hoboken, New Jersey, to show how his positive legacy continues....

‘Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project’ Review: A VCR Obsession

New York Times 14 Nov 2019
Matt Wolf’s documentary shows how one woman captured history by recording television news. The results are compelling ... ....

Kings, ancestors, villains, a parking lot & some very big numbers

The Athens News 14 Nov 2019
Entirely by chance, a few weeks ago I happened upon a delightful documentary having to do with an archaeological expedition to a parking lot in Leichester in central England ... And through the greatest unbroken string of pure luck in the history of archaeology, the diggers found him!....

US briefing: Impeachment testimony, Syrian oil and anti-vaxxer ads

Yahoo Daily News 14 Nov 2019
Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories.Dems try to capture America’s attention as hearings go public ... At a bar in Kansas City, Chris McGreal found the public mood much the same. Fox News ... Drag Queen. Also covering the hearings ... More ... More ... Adrian Horton watches a new documentary tracing the scandalous history of the National Enquirer....

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The Stranger 14 Nov 2019
The strangest revelation in Scandalous—a new documentary directed by Mark Landsman that concerns the history of the National Enquirer from its birth to its recent attempt to blackmail the richest man on earth, Jeff Bezos—is not the tabloid's long obsession with UFO stories and other oddities....

Lauren Greenfield Talks Imelda Marcos, the "Unreliable Narrator" of 'The Kingmaker'

The Hollywood Reporter 13 Nov 2019
Greenfield joined Alex Gibney, Julia Reichert, Asif Kapadia, Todd Douglas Miller and Nanfu Wang for the Oscar Documentary Roundtable. "I had a very unreliable narrator," filmmaker Lauren Greenfield told the Documentary Roundtable of Filipino Politician and The Kingmaker subject, Imelda Marcos....

The battle between NBC and CBS to be the first to film a Berlin Wall ...

The Malta Independent 13 Nov 2019
NBC’s tunnel ended up being in one of the most decorated documentaries in American television history....

‘History of the Emirates’ to air on multi channels in the UAE

Gulf News 13 Nov 2019
Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Atlantic Production’s documentary History of the Emirates premieres this month, with new episodes airing every night at 9pm from November 24 to 28 across a number of national channels in the UAE ... “We are thrilled to share this spectacular documentary series with the public ahead of the National Day celebrations....

DStv subscribers are in for a treat with three new channels

Independent online (SA) 13 Nov 2019
In October, the company hinted at plans to launch channels aimed at delivering new titles and genres that viewers will enjoy, including among others blue chip documentaries, history and entertaining factual shows ... history, travel, cars, architecture, dinosaurs and so much more....