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 COVE

Movie Review: THE COVE

This Oscar-winning animal rights documentary plays like a thriller thanks to the dramatic use of infra red night vision photography and other cinematic effects that authentically represent actual events as protagonist Richard O’Barry campaigns to save dolphins from the annual hunt and slaughter taking place in Taiji, Japan. The film’s mission and position are substantiated with ample verite coverage of International Whaling Commission conferences, and on camera testimony from animal experts and politicians.

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