Best Documentary Hybrids – A Curated List

Best Documentary Hybrids – A Curated List

Although documentarians claim to represent truth in filmmaking and narrative moviemakers tout their ability to entertain and transform through fantasy, the line between truth and fiction in filmmaking is — and always has been — blurry. This is a list of hybrid documentaries in which narrative filmmaking techniques — reenactments, special effects, animation and other such elements — are used effectively to deliver story elements essential to conveying the film’s subject and theme. Collectively these outstanding films illustrate the many ways in which narrative filmmaking techniques can be used in documentary filmmaking without compromising the genre’s standards of authenticity, transparency and journalistic ethics.

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Movie Review: THE ARBOR

Movie Review: THE ARBOR

In her first documentary feature, London-based artist Clio Bernard experiments with nonfiction form, using actors to lip sync to audio-only recordings of interviews she’d made with playwright Andrea Dunbar’s surviving family and the circle of acquaintances who knew her and shared her difficult circumstances in ‘The Arbor,’ a tough working poor ‘estate’ neighborhood of Bradford in the North of England. The effect of the perfect lip syncing is eerie, especially since the entire film was shot on location in Bradford, at the very places frequented by Dunbar and her circle.

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