AP – Documentary introduction

What is a documentary? Why have they become something that is a necessity for our self and society? What elements do you see that must be present in order for a piece of non-fiction film to be considered a documentary?

Is a Ted Talk a documentary?

Is a YouTube video a documentary?

Is a collection of photos, videos, etc, a documentary?

Consider these questions and then look up the definition for Documentary.

So, if we start to look at documentary through the actual, literal definition, how do we decipher what “documents” are included and what “documents” are not?

With this question in mind, watch the following Ted Talk and answer the question: What is documented here, and why is it worth documenting for then, now and future?


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