Documentaries are films that are primarily nonfiction, focusing on education and facts. A large portion of documentaries concentrate on the enlightening society on the events or important people in the world. They can be dramatized and often portray a particular thought or message in which the filmmakers believe are important to be told.

Documentaries can also be written or print forms of accurate records or evidence. A documentary can be really characterized by not only the factual information, but the way that information reaches its audience. A documentary filmmaker has the important job of bringing the truth to their viewers in any way they believe is relevant. These films can be gripping, heart wrenching, or even angering, but they all bring out a single defined message.

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