"A practice of filmmaking that deals with actual and factual (and usually contemporary) issues, institutions, and people; whose purpose is to educate, inform, communicate, persuade, raise consciousness, or satisfy curiosity; in which the viewer is commonly addressed as a citizen of a public sphere; whose materials are selected and arranged from what already exists (rather than being made up); and whose methods involve filming ‘real people’ as themselves in actual locations, using natural light and ambient sound. Although filmmaking of this type dates to the earliest years of cinema (see actualities; travel film), the term documentary was not coined until the 1920s, when the founder of the British Documentary Movement, John Grierson, defined it as ‘the creative treatment of actuality’."
Kuhn, A. & Westwell, G. (2012). "Documentary." In A Dictionary of Film Studies. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 17 Nov. 2016.
"Context is the setting which can modify our view of an idea, phenomenon or statement."
"Context." Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought, edited by Kenneth McLeish, Bloomsbury, 1993. Credo Reference, http://ezproxy.mga.edu/login?url=http://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/bght/context/0. Accessed 06 Feb 2017.
When examining the context of your film, keep in mind that it will have a great deal to do with: the moods, attitudes and conditions that existed in the time period when your film takes place or was filmed.
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documentary style films
documentary mass media
documentary television programs