Category of nonfictional motion pictures intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of providing a factual or historical record or report.

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Is there a given name for “fake documentaries” posing as educational programming?

In recent years, networks such as The Discovery Channel have been airing so-called documentaries that have people believing that what they are seeing is not only educational, but that the events ...
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Is Banksy's movie “Exit Through the Gift Shop” a new (sub)genre?

When looking at the film Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) and possibly disregarding if the main character is fictitious or not, then it's not entirely clear what genre or subgenre this film would be ...
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Quote from “Attacking the Devil”?

What's the complete quote and who said it? The film is on Netflix. Movie: Attacking the Devil: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3779818/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Paraphrased: When an investigative journalist tires ...
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What was the name of this documentary where the author meets people sharing his name?

I've seen it about ten years ago. It's by a New York doc filmmaker I think. The premise was: he researched all (most of) the people with the same name as his own. The main piece in the film is where ...
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Documentary about the mystery man

This is a true story documentary. I have watched one of the documentary on the YouTube. Story line: The story goes like this one person appears in Alaska or Canada near the mountain area. He built ...
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Documentary about an atheist going back to his christian school?

I am trying to find a documentary about an atheist who goes back to his christian school. In the beginning of the documentary, there is a scene which shows many pictures of christians smiling, and the ...
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Have US cable tv documentary channels always had reality tv and “controversial” topics?

When I watched cable tv in the US in 2007, and while watching cable tv in Australia in 2015 (which is mainly made up of American channels), I noticed that a lot of the documentary channels (channels ...
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Are David Attenborough documentaries still dubbed in the US?

When I lived in the US in 2007, I noticed that "Planet Earth" was dubbed by Sigourney Weaver. (This made Attenborough's reference to "Alien" when talking about ants infected by cordyceps a bit ironic) ...
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What is the first mockumentary style show?

There are a lot of great mockumentary style comedy shows such as The Office, Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, etc. My question is who invented this style? Who was the first to make a show or a ...
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Looking for Documentary about Hypothetical Extraterrestrial Life

I'm looking for the name of a documentary I watched late at night some time between 2005 and 2006 (it looked new, so it was likely made the year I saw it). It was likely on the discovery channel or ...
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Find DocuDrama about The Manhattan Project

Looking for late 80s - early 90s American movie about "The Manhattan Project". Spent a lot of time with the scientists working in the lab. I believe in one scene Oppenheimer tried to get parerwork to ...
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This documentary on the planet earth?

I'mm looking for a documentary that I believe was a series of episodes which started within the last 5 years. In the premiere for the first episode they were showing the bottom of the ocean around ...
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Is there a canonical modern equivalent for David Attenborough?

25 years ago, David Attenborough was the gold standard for nature and wildlife documentaries. I'm tempted to get them out for my kids, but I'm worried they'll seem dated to them. I'm trying to work ...
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How difficult and real are David Attenborough's documentaries?

I have seen many David Attenborough's documentaries on animals and birds. The kind of shoots that they do in North Pole or under water or in deep forests on mountains - it seems like their team must ...
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What's the name of this film about 9.11?

I can't remember the name of a film. I'm not sure wether it is a documentary or a film. I saw it on my computer a few years ago. It is a reconstitution of the reactions of FAA and US army on 9.11. I ...
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Have there been any TV specials on lava lakes?

I was reading about lava lakes and got to wondering: have there been any Discovery or other scientific documentary TV specials about them? I'm curious to know if there are any real-life examples that ...
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Movie about a startup during the dotcom

I can't seem to remmember or find the name of the movie or the company that was in the movie. The movie was about a mobile game developer (developing on old Nokia phones) company that was based in ...
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What film form is Les Ordres by Michel Brault?

I know that genre is not the same as the film form. Is Les Ordres documentary?
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Song Identification: The Farm: Angola, USA funeral dirge

It has been many years since I've watched The Farm: Angola, USA (I saw it as an Investigative Reports special on A&E), but there is a song sung by the prisoners as they're burying Bones (that may ...
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Identify a TV series: factual, about body language, broadcast in the UK, around 2010

I'm looking for a TV series about body language that I really enjoyed. These are the facts I remember: Broadcast by Channel 4 (so the audience is the UK) There were 3 presenters: an older white male,...
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Are time lapse shots of growing plants done in a studio or at the particular places on earth?

I recently watched the Planet Earth TV series. There are some beautiful shots in the different episodes! And one shot (or one particular type of shot) I'm curious about how they done it. In the 8th ...
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Instructional TV series on common-world things

Several months ago I was watching in TV (NatGeo Latinoamerica I think but it could be Discovery Channel Latinoamerica or History Channel Latinoamerica) an advertisement about a new TV serie-...
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Movie on DD national related to Gandhi

I have seen a documentary/movie recently on DD national (Hindi-India) related to Gandhi. I couldn't see full movie and now I don't know its name. May be you can help. The story goes like this. Rao (a ...
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Title of Documentary about a guy spending his time pranking society

There was this guy who spent most of his life working shitty jobs and putting all his energy into pranking people. And his daughter made a documentary about him. Among his jokes were the following: ...
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Disambiguation between two similar documentaries “World War 2 In Colour”

There was a popular series on World War 2 that was done in color. Wikipedia's Entry says the following: World War II In HD Colour is a 13-episode television documentary series recounting the major ...
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Looking for a National Geographic documentary about inventors

I am looking for a National Geographic documentary about inventors. It is a very old video probably from the 80s. I remember it starts showing some kids and their inventions, one of connected a rake ...
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Outside of the movie, what evidence confirms scoring battles of “King of Kong” are real?

I loved King of Kong. But is it real? More specifically, what evidence proves the scoring battles of King of Kong really happened? If you haven't seen it, the movie's main characters are the perfect ...
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TV series about 'big cats'

I watched a multipart (5?) series on big cats that I remembered as 'The Big Cat Diaries'. Unfortunately searches on that term show no relevant hits. It was hosted by a sun-tanned South African gent. ...
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Looking for a documentary series on martial arts

Looking for documentary series on martial arts: Probably 2000-2006 I think 1 host (martial artist) traveling the world to see all kinds of styles In the episode in Korea at the end he performed a ...
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In the BBC Planet Earth trailer - where is the sky diver jumping?

BBC created Planet Earth series a few years ago. The trailer can be seen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/collections/p00fxg1n - if you go to 0.25 (screenshot below) it shows a sky diver jumping ...
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TV series about what a real man should be able to do on Discovery channel

Does anyone know the name of a TV series/documentary that ran on Discovery channel and is featuring a British actor whose name I cannot recall but I do remember that he show all the stuff that a "real ...