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 – BLESSED IS THE MATCH: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF HANNAH SENESH

Movie Review – BLESSED IS THE MATCH: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF HANNAH SENESH

Blessed Is The Match – The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh is the heartbreaking World War II story of a young Jewish women, Hannah Senesh, who emigrated from Hungary to Palestine, but later tried to sneak back to her home country in a valiant attempt to save Jewis–including her mother–from death at the hands of Hungarian Nazis. Filmmaker Roberta Grossman creates a truly moving memorial to Hannah by using archival footage, photographs and reenactments that show us how her comfortable well-to-do childhood changed with the death of her father and increasing influence of fascism in Hungary. Hannah was joyful and courageous, a gifted poet and diarist. Her death is a Holocaust tragedy.

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