Mockumentary

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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Adam Conover's 'G Word' is funny crash course in government

Ravalli Republic 27 May 2022
What inspired you to blend humor and the documentary format? ... Why don't we do it about history? Why don't we do it about government? The original piece, that I feel I invented myself, is the idea of doing it in a documentary format where we use all the tools of visual storytelling....
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Review: Documentary probes hope for prison lifers, plus more movies to watch this weekend

The Los Angeles Times 27 May 2022
Gilda Sheppard’s documentary “Since I Been Down” looks at how this crackdown devastated a generation of Black and Latino kids in Tacoma, Wash., as aggressive policing and the introduction of “three strikes” laws drove guilty people and their casual acquaintances off the streets and into jail, with no possibility of parole....
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‘I have never seen a Cannes like this’: verdict and awards predictions for 2022 | ...

The Guardian 27 May 2022
There was respect for Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa for his documentary A Natural History of Destruction and for Mariupol 2, by the late Mantas Kvedaravičius, the film-maker killed by Russian forces while filming this moment-by-moment study of life in the besieged city ... .......
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Firm ‘needs to brace’ for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle ‘to deliver stuff that gets headlines’

The News International 27 May 2022
Mr Bullen claimed, “I think the Royal Family will have major concerns about what's in this documentary because history has proven that when Harry and Meghan speak, they often say things that, how do I put this politely, impact around the world.” ... ....
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RNZ finalists named for Voyager Media Awards

RNZ 27 May 2022
RNZ has finalists in several categories of the annual Voyager Media Awards - including best website and reporter of the year ... Guyon Espiner and Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (who has since joined TVNZ) are among contenders to be named as the country's top journalist ... Samantha OIley Best documentary RNZ and Coconet TV. Untold Pacific History Best reviewer ... .......
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China's highest cloud walk project unveiled in Chongqing

China Daily 27 May 2022
Chongqing - On May 25, Chongqing's first 100-story skyscraper, the International Land-Sea Center, ushered in its new project name, "Chongqing 100." ... Like the Empire State Building in New York, the Taipei 101 Building, and the Federal 108 Building, Chongqing 100 will serve as a documentary connecting the city's history and future ...

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