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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How can I watch Harry and Meghan's documentary and when is it out?

ITV 07 Dec 2022
Harry and Meghan's documentary is expected to reveal shocking claims about their time within the royal family ... The streaming giant has promised an “unprecedented and in-depth documentary series” over six episodes where Harry and Meghan “share the other side of their high-profile love story”....

Nazi hunters Klarsfelds to light up J’lem Jewish Film Festival

The Jerusalem Post 07 Dec 2022
The festival will present a new documentary about its guests of honor, legendary Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, Klarsfeld ... Grossman made such acclaimed documentaries as Above and Beyond, the story of the founding of the Israeli air force and Who Will Write Our History, an exploration of a secret archive created by Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto....

Reign in Spain... documentary showcases NI’s memorable World Cup victory in 1982

Belfast Telegraph 07 Dec 2022
A new documentary will reveal never-before-seen footage of Northern Ireland’s historic 1982 World Cup performance when the team of underdogs famously beat host country Spain in a memorable victory ... “This feature-length documentary will showcase the greatest football moment in the history of the Irish FA and it really is a must watch for the fans.”....

What is Prince Harry’s real name? Full name and title explained

Metro UK 07 Dec 2022
Harry and Meghan’s new documentary will be released on Thursday (Picture ... The first installment of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s highly anticipated Netflix documentary series will be released on Thursday and is expected to give an insight into life behind the palace walls....

Pope Tawadros celebrates 150 years of Coptic press

Watani 07 Dec 2022
The audience were treated to a documentary that detailed the rich history of Coptic publications throughout the 150 years since the first was published ... It was then time for the head or representative of each of the publications honoured—in chronological order of the date of first issue—to give a brief word about their history and ambitions....

Davy Chou is casting a spotlight on Cambodian cinema

Economist 07 Dec 2022
Yet it still marks a departure of sorts, given his previous films have been concerned with the history and culture of Cambodia. “Golden Slumbers”, a documentary, looks at the apogee of the country’s national cinema between 1960 and 1975 ... History “haunts all of my films—and the fact ......

Marc Chagall house, studio for sale in High Falls

Times Union 07 Dec 2022
It’s a bargain for a buyer interested in owning a piece of history related to the famed artist; in 2017 his “Les Amoureux,” a painting of him embracing his first wife, sold for $28.5 million with fees at a Sotheby’s auction ... There was a documentary made in the studio ... I know High Falls is pretty encouraging of maintaining history,” Perez said....

That's kinky! Sex history influencer Esme James flashes her underwear in a completely see-through lace ...

The Daily Mail 07 Dec 2022
The brunette beauty, who shares videos about sex history on the social media platform, flashed her underwear in a bejewelled see-through lace gown with matching heels ... She's known for her series, Kinky History, which is about evolution of human sexuality....

‘2nd Chance’ review: A bulletproof vest innovator tells his dramatic, sometimes dubious story

Chicago Sun-Times 07 Dec 2022
It can be argued that no one in the history of humankind has ever shot himself that many times ... As we see in Ramin Bahrani’s fascinating documentary2nd Chance,” the narcissistic, self-aggrandizing, folksy, outwardly amiable, infuriatingly obstinate and complex Davis also shot himself a number of other times metaphorically....

Another woman accuses late music executive Ahmet Ertegun of sexual assault

The Los Angeles Times 07 Dec 2022
It accuses each of either taking part in, or permitting, Ertegun’s alleged assaults ... 24 ... Even if you didn’t know a thing about Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, who died in December at 83, you’d instantly glean his monumental significance in the history of popular music from the footage of him in PBS’ latest “American Mastersdocumentary....

Louisiana Public Broadcasting to air two-part documentary about Louisiana history, culture

Victoria Advocate 06 Dec 2022
Thomas and Dardenne will appear in the new documentary "Why Louisiana ain't Mississippi . ... That’s the apt name of Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s new, two-part documentary running next week that producers describe as a whirlwind tour of Louisiana’s history ... The documentary is an adaptation of his lecture....

My Dead Body viewers astounded by bravery of Toni Crews after she donated body to ...

Metro UK 06 Dec 2022
The Channel 4 documentary made history, a first of its kind in the UK (Picture ... In a UK first, a dead body was dissected live on air for a Channel 4 documentary, making for extremely powerful viewing ... What a beautiful documentary that truly showcased the impact a donor can have on education....

World Turkish Coffee Day celebrated in US

Anadolu Agency 06 Dec 2022
Word Turkish Coffee Day was celebrated in Washington and New York with events organized by Turkish cultural groups ... 5 as World Turkish Coffee Day ... Attendees were served Turkish coffee and baklava while viewing a documentary about the history of Turkish coffee.​​​​​​​. Launched in Washington, D.C ... 5, 2013 ... ....

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