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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'Every nation has a story, this is our story': Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed on the 'History of the Emirates' series

The National 09 Aug 2020
Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Atlantic Production’s documentary, History of the Emirates, will tell the story of the country over five successive nights ... “But the history of this great land goes back hundreds and thousands of years and it’s going to be showcased within this documentary in one of the most powerful things that we’ve done....

DEFC new doc “Diaphragm” spotlights history of music recording in Iran

Tehran Times 09 Aug 2020
TEHRAN – The Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) has completed a new documentary project named “Diaphragm” that chronicles the history of music recording in Iran from the Qajar era to the Pahlavi period ... ....

How to get in good trouble right now

The Star Democrat 09 Aug 2020
From 2013-2015, she was selected as one of only four experts to participate in the White House Black History Month Panel co-sponsored by ... Additionally, she is a K-12 master teacher in African American History and a three-time New York Emmy-nominated, documentary filmmaker....

TV Guide: 24 of the best shows to watch this week

The Irish Times 09 Aug 2020
It’s been a mainstay of youth sport in Ballymun through hard times and even harder times, and this documentary as Gaeilge looks at the history of the club and how it nurtured some of the finest talents in Gaelic games over the years, and includes guest slots from six-time All-Ireland winner Philly McMahon and scorer extraordinaire Barney Rock....

‘Succession’ Showrunner Hopes to Start Shooting Season 3 in New York Before Christmas (EXCLUSIVE)

Yahoo Daily News 09 Aug 2020
Read full article. Will Thorne. August 8, 2020, 1.00 AM·3 mins read. “Succession” could be back in production before the end of the year (with a big emphasis on could) ... More from Variety ... Issa Rae to Produce HBO Documentary on History of Black Television. Emmys 2020. Breaking Down Odds to Win in 14 Major Races ... Best of Variety ... TRENDING. 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 5 ... ....

Story to Tell: Teen filmmaker showcases documentary at film fest

The Brownsville Herald 08 Aug 2020
A documentary by local teenager Natalia Moreno-Campos started as a national history project submission and has now been accepted to two of the most influential film festivals in Texas ... The documentary discusses “The Shirtwaist Factory Fire.” A pivotal point in the movement for better working conditions among factory employees....

Tim Cook guarantees relief aid to Beirut

The Siasat Daily 08 Aug 2020
San Fransisco. Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced via a tweet that the company is to donate to help with the relief efforts in Lebanon ... The announcement is exclusively on Tim Cook’s Twitter account ... Good Troubledocumentary to the National Civil Rights Museum and National Museum of African American History and Culture ... ....

Crawford County Museum plans ‘Living History’ documentary

The Morning Sun 07 Aug 2020
— Like so many other events in 2020, this year’s Cow Creek Living History ......

Everybody's Talkin': Video documents ill-fated Mitchell Speedway

HTO 07 Aug 2020
I’ve heard of the Mitchell Speedway before, but thanks to a video documentary produced by the History Mystery Man, Don Radabaugh, I was immersed in the history of the ill-fated track Wednesday night ... ....

Virtual clips / Aug. 7-13

The Berkshire Eagle 07 Aug 2020
This revolutionary feature documentary expands on the unprecedented exhibition @Large ... fire in 100 years — and the worst ever in California's history ... This documentary follows a scrappy team of heroic ACLU lawyers battling for abortion rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights and voting rights at a defining moment in American history....

HBO Max is making a series based on the One Perfect Shot Twitter account

Engadget 07 Aug 2020
... into a documentary series.Each 30-minute episo......

El Goodo - Zombie

Music News 07 Aug 2020
The recent, illuminating documentary on Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire revealed the place to be a rich mine of history, with legendary innovative bands such as Hawkwind, Black Sabbath and Simple Minds recording what are still future-looking contemporary albums at the site. Oh, and Oasis ... Quality analogue-a-rhythms. ....

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here: Start date, location & celebs

PC Advisor 07 Aug 2020
I'm A Celebrity will be back on our screens this year, but due to the ongoing pandemic things are a little different ... 2019. Jacqueline Jossa 2018 ... ITV has confirmed that to celebrate 19 years of the show, the channel will be airing a one-off documentary called I’m A Celebrity ... This will showcase all the very best moments of the show’s history. ....