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.

  • Anarchism in America - Documentary film that surveys anarchist history in the United States, produced and directed by Joel Sucher and Steven Fischler, released in 1983
  • Waco: The Rules of Engagement - 1997 Oscar-nominated documentary about the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas
  • Why We Fight - 2005 documentary, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Documentary film" as of 06 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.