A style of film making that provides the viewer with factual information. It also has a point of view which often broadens the notion of actual documentation. This type of film can also be used as a form of propaganda, or a simulation of reality. It can be subjective as well as objective in its content.
Documentary film is a broad category of cinematic expression united by the attempt, in one fashion or another, to "document" reality through the use of film, video or other new media (The term often refers to productions shot on video as well as film). Documentary, as it applies here, works to identify a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.Nichols, Bill. 'Foreword', in Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski (eds.)