Films that generally present factual information about persons and events

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 6 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.