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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Streaming pick of the week: RBG, Netflix

Irish Independent 26 Sep 2020
Back in 2018, CNN and Storyville joined forces to make this documentary highlighting the life led by the legendary Supreme Court Justice. Its viewing is more prescient now than ever - not just for Americans set to vote in the most vital election in history, but for all humans across the globe....

Esperanza Gonzales de Baca

Rio Grande Sun 26 Sep 2020
Esperanza Gonzales de Baca, 83, passed away on September 5, 2020. She was born October 14, 1935 in El Rito, NM. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Catherine (Cathy), brothers, Roy Baca, John Baca, sister, Estefanita Rascon, parents, Jesus and Magdalena Baca ... She earned a music scholarship to N.M ... history and writing documentaries of El Rito ... ....

Paul Pettit, phenom who earned MLB’s first $100,000 signing bonus, dies at 88

The Los Angeles Times 26 Sep 2020
Pettit was 88 ... Advertisement. Sports ... Sports ... “He didn’t get cheated at all.” ... Advertisement ... 13, 1950 ... 18 ... After the Pythons largely disbanded in the 1980s, Jones wrote books on medieval and ancient history, presented documentaries, wrote poetry and directed films ... Rush drummer Neil Peart was one of the most accomplished instrumentalists in rock history....

New film reveals the story behind Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Center in Kuwait

Arab News 25 Sep 2020
National Geographic Abu Dhabi is screening a new documentary about the building of the Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Center (SAASCC) in Kuwait City, which opened in March 2018 and is one of the largest museums in the world ... history, and space ... The documentary premiered on Sept....

You can get paid $2,020 to binge watch documentaries - here’s how

Penn Live 25 Sep 2020
MagellanTV is looking to hire someone to watch documentaries about famous people and they will pay you to do it. If hired, you would watch 24 hours of documentaries “featuring famous leaders throughout history as preparation for voting in the U.S....

The Indie Fresh List: Kajillionaire, Misbehaviour and More

Rotten Tomatoes 25 Sep 2020
This week in our Indie Fresh List, we have a documentary about the history of stuntwomen in Hollywood, a dramedy about a family of con artists, and a historic beauty pageant ... You really get to understand the history and the struggles these women face every day,” writes Sara Clements of Next Best Picture....

‘The Sit-In’: The week Harry Belafonte hosted ‘The Tonight Show’

People's World 25 Sep 2020
Ed McMahon announces his familiar introduction—with a twist, “From New York, The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson…and now, here’s the fabulous Harry Belafonte.” These are the initial images and sounds from Yoruba Richen’s new documentary film, The Sit-In ... This new documentary shares the story of how that week came to fruition....

Review: ‘Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles’ offers a deeper cut than likely intended

The Los Angeles Times 25 Sep 2020
Six months into a global pandemic, the charming documentary “Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles,” about a high-end pastry party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, startled me with the sense of a frustratingly intangible very recent history ... of food, art and history....

What Is The Social Dilemma: 6 Things To Know About The Netflix Documentary Before You Watch

Cinema Blend 25 Sep 2020
As you have probably heard by now, Netflix recently released a documentary under the name The Social Dilemma that touches on one of the most significant advances in all of human history — the advent of social media ... With that being said, here six things to know about the Netflix documentary before you decide to watch it for yourself....

Great Escapes: Filmmaker Ric Burns’ Favorite New Documentaries

Barrons 25 Sep 2020
This is how Burns’ new documentary, “ Oliver Sacks ... From director Roger Ross Williams , this history of Harlem’s famed Apollo Theatre won the Emmy this month for outstanding documentary. “I think the Apollo is the greatest piece of entertainment architecture in history—certainly the greatest American example....

From Lynne Sachs to The Wiz: Indie Memphis Announces 2020 Line Up

Memphis Flyer 25 Sep 2020
The opening night film is Memphis-born director Lynne Sachs' documentary A Film About A Father Who ... World premieres at Indie Memphis include Trimeko Melancon's race relations documentary What Do You Have To Lose? and Cane Fire , director Anthony Banua-Simon's incisive history of the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i....

#25. Tour de Pharmacy (2017)

Daily American 25 Sep 2020
... doping habits as a documentary crew trails five men ....

Amazon Prime Video October 2020 TV & Film Titles Announced!

Coming Soon 25 Sep 2020
ETA is an eight-episode documentary series about the Guardia Civil’s fight against the Basque terrorist band ETA ... ETA is an ambitious production that aims to mark a milestone in this important episode of the recent history of Spain ... Season 1 (PBS Documentaries) ... Season 1 (HISTORY Vault) ... A History of Black Horror (Shudder) ... Season 1 (PBS Documentaries)....