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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Time: A love story coloured by incarceration

BBC News 19 Apr 2021
On Sunday night, a black female director could be awarded an Academy Award for the first time in Oscars history. In her new documentary Time, Garrett Bradley shares a poignant, decades-long story of one Louisiana family's struggle with the US prison system - through the lens of loved ones left behind....

‘Sound of Metal’ reminds its audience about power of silence

Daily Bruin 19 Apr 2021
It’s never really a choice.”. [Related. Alumnus’s Oscar-nominated animated short explores social issues, human history]. Initially, he said he wrote a 10-page narrative-type documentary about an actual couple who started a heavy metal band named Jucifer that traveled across the country playing gigs ... ....

Five Cent Cine (At Home): Crip Camp

Buffalo Rising 18 Apr 2021
Because the documentary has no narrator, it can be difficult to construct a coherent legislative history—a minor irritation ... Best Documentary Feature ... 8 wins (including Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary and International Documentary Association for Best Feature) and 34 other nominations....

TV guide: 27 of the best shows to watch this week, beginning tonight

The Irish Times 18 Apr 2021
In this two-part documentary, Guy Martin discovers whether he would have made the grade as a fighter pilot as he goes through the same training, the same planes and at the same locations ... Now local boy and supporter Guy King has made a documentary about that momentous period in the club’s history, which he describes as a “rebirth”....

County museum presents traveling exhibit on 'Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas'

The Marshall News Messenger 18 Apr 2021
The Harrison County Historical Museum is proud to announce the opening of its newest traveling exhibition, “Citizens at Last ... citizens ... Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films ... Recommended For You .......

Protests erupt across US over persisting police killings of minority youths

Press TV 18 Apr 2021
Officer charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter over killing of Daunte... DeLong, a combat veteran, had previously been celebrated by the Portland Police Bureau after he appeared in a 2016 History Channel documentary boasting about his military combat role in Afghanistan as a US Army ranger in 2010 ... ....

Protests erupt in US cities over police violence as riot declared in Portland

The Observer 18 Apr 2021
Most charges against George Floyd protesters dropped, analysis shows. Read more ... Photograph ... DeLong, a combat veteran, had previously been celebrated by the Portland Police Bureau after he appeared in a 2016 History Channel documentary detailing his role, while serving as a US Army ranger, in a 2010 engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan ... ....

The wisdom of water: 12 ways to use blue spaces to improve your health and happiness

The Observer 18 Apr 2021
It was after her mother died that Catherine Kelly learned the healing power of water ... It’s an allowing,” she says ... Endorphin blast ... BBC Natural History Unit. Watching David Attenborough’s Blue Planet, or other oceanic documentaries, such as My Octopus Teacher, can connect you to blue space by offering the opportunity to experience it vicariously ... ....

The Mummified Miner: Fet Mats Israelsson and His Unfortunate Demise

Ancient Origins 18 Apr 2021
Mining is an industry that really doesn’t sound all that entertaining or enigmatic. Rocks, drills, and pickaxes - not much happens in the world of a miner ... Situated in Sweden’s picturesque Dalarna County, this mine had a lengthy history behind it ... An Illustrated Composition and Documentary Compilation with Emphasis on the Spirit and History of Mining....

Students learn 'first source' history at Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas

Hendersonville Times-News 17 Apr 2021
20, 1943 issue of Life magazine during their April 12 field trip to the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas. The two sophomores are creating a 10-minute documentary for the national competition, “Communication in History. The Key to Understanding,” for National History Day 2021....

Trump breaks custom again

Alternet 17 Apr 2021
In 1957, the National Historical Publications Commission, a part of the National Archives that works to "preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources … relating to the history of the United States," recommended developing a uniform system so all materials from presidencies could be archived....

Steven Spielberg launches foundation to fund Jewish-themed documentaries

The Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2021
Steven Spielberg has launched a film foundation called Jewish Story Partners to fund documentaries that “tell stories about a diverse spectrum of Jewish experiences, histories, and cultures.” ... The project’s director is Roberta Grossman, a filmmaker who has specialized in Jewish-themed documentaries ... ....

New Prince doc sheds light on how North Mpls. riots in 1960s helped shape the icon

Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder 17 Apr 2021
A new Prince documentary is set to premiere during one of the most tumultuous times in Minnesota history. The timely release of the film “Mr. Nelson On the Northside,” aims. Source ... ....