A Documentary film is a non fictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purpose of instruction or maintaining a historical record.
A documentary example would be the Act of Killing where it was directed by Joshua Oppenheimer. This documentary was filmed over several years where they expose the horrifying mass executions in Indonisia of communists. They documented the people who were involved in the killings and how they feel about it now. They actually re-enacted it all and by the end they felt pity for the people they had killed and struggled.
Documentaries can be made into short ones like the ones we are doing for this unit. You start with a topic and develop what you want the end result to be. Our documentary will be up to 5minuets long and we will then make sure that the footage is the best quality as possible and makes sense.