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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Urdu Point 29 Nov 2023
The students were treated to a documentary chronicling the rich history of the Senate, offering a deeper understanding of its evolution over time ... .......

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The Unz Review 29 Nov 2023
The BBC has a new documentary about Julius Caesar. Similar to the recent smear-job on Napoleon in the eponymous movie, the documentary is a clumsy attempt to link ancient history to defending “democracy.” However, that’s not the worst part ... It may have earned the lowest score in television history ... how US history what actuaIly....

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Bitchute 28 Nov 2023
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Channel 5 drops history documentary over contributor's alleged Neo-Nazi links

The Independent 28 Nov 2023
Channel 5 axed a documentary from its schedule on Sunday night after one of the contributors was allegedly exposed for being a Neo-Nazi ... Instead, a re-run of Beast from the East ... ....

New WNED-TV documentary highlights the Niagara Movement

Lockport Union-Sun 28 Nov 2023
Western New York has had many important roles in African-American history ... That history comes into focus in a new WNED-TV-produced documentary, “The Niagara Movement ... It took him a year to create the documentary ... He calls the documentary a pure history film relying on archive footage, interviews, and some animation....

New WNED documentary highlights the Niagara Movement

Niagara Gazette 28 Nov 2023
Western New York had many important roles in African-American history, often overlooked is the early establishment of civil rights organizations. That history comes into focus in a new WNED-produced documentary called, “The Niagara Movement ... It took him a year to create the documentary....

Doc Producers Call for Generative AI Guardrails in Open Letter

The Hollywood Reporter 28 Nov 2023
But without standards, use of GAI threatens to distort history and transform the relationship we have with audiences ... The survival of the documentary industry, in all of its power and promise to help us understand and interpret our history and our present, is contingent on maintaining a truthful and transparent relationship with viewers....

5 top heart-warming Netflix documentaries to add to your watchlist after watching Jon Batiste's American Symphony

Pinkvilla 28 Nov 2023
Jon Batiste is sharing an insight into his life in the new documentary American Story. Musical documentaries have been culturally phenomenal ... Twain, on the other hand, has never given up, making the documentary a captivating and uplifting story that simultaneously reflects on her difficult, trailblazing history and looks forward to her bright future....

Marrakech Fest Spotlight: Applause for Abbass’ Bye Bye Tiberias

Arab Times 28 Nov 2023
It builds off Soualem’s first documentary “Their Algeria” – another personal history about her grandparents’ exile from North Africa and move to France amid war and economic downturn ... “These images are the treasure of my memory that I don’t want to fade,” says Soualem, who narrates the documentary....

South to Black Power Streaming: Watch & Stream Online via HBO Max

Coming Soon 28 Nov 2023
South to Black Power is a 2023 American documentary film directed by Sam Pollard and Llewellyn M ... It is a timely and relevant documentary that will appeal to viewers interested in American history and the ongoing struggle for racial justice ... series, movies, and documentaries....

What's on? Top 10 TV and streaming tips for Tuesday

RTE 28 Nov 2023
There's the final of The Great British Bake Off, Louis Theroux Interviews singer Raye, Scannal returns with the tale of a King Puck goat, while Berlin 1933 looks at a pivotal year in German history ... The long-running social history series resumes with a look back at goings-on that involved a goat ... Kennedy, 9.00pm, Sky History....

Channel 5 axes history documentary after contributor's extreme tweets revealed

AOL 27 Nov 2023
Channel 5 was forced to pull a history documentary from TV schedules after one of its stars was exposed as a "hardline Nazi" ......

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