A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. Such films were originally shot on film stock—the only medium available—but now include video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video, made into a TV show, or released for screening in cinemas. "Documentary" has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.
Usage examples of "documentary film".
At least he was a rich accountant, almost ready to invest in her documentary film.
The point, the only point, of this whole charade had been to get in those few last words: I intended to talk to Tilly, and she might tell me things he didn't want told, and I, in turn, would tell Val Metzler, an award-winning documentary film maker who would probe and probe however long it might take to learn the truth of Tilly's accusation.
While I taped Roberts, a documentary film crew taped me taping Roberts (a truly postmodernist scene).
He hadn't even blinked when Marcus had spun a cock-and-bull tale about doing a documentary film on native culture and wanting to observe Ben's village without being seen.
When a Russian documentary film appeared in the Western world, skillfully faking the number of men equipped with individual flying units, the national, patriotic Communist party members began to mention brightly that everybody who did not say loudly, at regular intervals, that Russia was the greatest country in the world was having his name written down for future reference.