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A documentary is an artistic compilation, typically in film form, used to convey non-fictitious information for a mix of educational or entertainment purposes. The term "documentary" often implies truthfulness, but this is sometimes not the case. Moreover, documentaries include elements commonly used in other film genres, such as horror.[1] The first documentary film in the English language was released in 1922, by Robert Flaherty and it was called Nanook of the North.[2]

List of documentary films

See also

  • Schlockumentary, a slang term referring to documentaries based on junk science.
  • Mockumentary, a fictional work in the form of a documentary.
  • Liberal bias, as many documentaries have a decidedly liberal slant.


  1. Top 10 Disturbing Documentaries. Top10HQ (2014). Retrieved on 30 October 2014.
  2. McLane, Betsy A. (5 April 2012). A New History of Documentary Film: Second Edition. A&C Black. ISBN 9781441124579. Retrieved on 30 October 2014. “Traditionally, the English-language documentary is said to start with American Roberty Flaherty's Nanook of the North, shot in Canada and released in the United States in 1922. Flaherty wanted to show his version of the Eskimos - the people whom he had gotten to know in his travels - to audiences who had little or no knowledge of them.”