Stage 32 Glossary


A documentary is a non-fiction (factual), narrative film with real people (not performers or actors). Typically a documentary that is low-budget, journalistic record of an event, person, or place. A documentary filmmaker should be an unobtrusive observer, like a fly-on-the-wall, capturing reality as it happens. Also known as a "doc," "docu," "docudrama," or "direct cinema." In contrast with "cinema verite" and "mockumentary."