Story-telling has been around for as long as humans have. The purpose of telling stories can be to inform, entertain, or connect with other people. There are various ways this can be done, and compelling stories can leave their mark for a long time and influence people. One can imagine this when one looks at the psychological impacts our childhood stories have on us; they have helped us make sense of the world we live in.

Poetic Documentary

This film type is focused on visuals with a stylized and reduced verbal emphasis. Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia (1938) is an example of this form of documentary.


Expository Documentary

This kind of documentary film elaborates a specific hypothesis or shows information about a particular topic. For example, The Dust Bowl (2012) by Ken Burns is an expository documentary.

Reflexive Documentary

This documentary stresses the filmmaker’s and audience’s relationship. Man With a Movie Camera (1929) is an example of this type of film.

Observational Documentary

As the name suggests, this kind of documentary intends to observe the subject with zero participation to arrive at a nonbiased conclusion or to present the facts as is. An example is Primary (1960).

Performative Documentary

In this form of documentary, the person who is documenting this evidence is the performer as well. For example, the documentary Supersize Me (2004) by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock features his account of eating at McDonald’s for thirty days and narrating the experience and impacts on his body.

Participatory Documentary

This documentary film features the relationship between the filmmaker and the subject and narrates the filmmaker’s perspective as the ‘truth”—for example, Bowling for Columbine (2001) by Micheal Moore.

Impacts Of Documentaries

Documentaries can be powerful storytelling tools to demonstrate, educate and build opinions. In the hands of the right filmmaking company, your story can make the right impact, and your message can resonate with millions.

Whether it is about creating social impact or using this tool as a marketing technique, documentaries can be a cinematic experience and a powerful communication tool.

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