Are Documentaries Considered Movies?

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Today there has been an ongoing discussion at the “office” of where documentaries lie in the world of movie making. It all stemmed from this out of the blue statement, “Documentaries aren’t movies”. Maybe it was throwing shade at my recent review of the punk documentary Another State of Mind, maybe it wasn’t. But nonetheless it triggered a lively conversation that we want to extend to you.

So the question I ask today is: Are documentaries considered movies?


mov·ie
/ˈmo͞ovē/
noun
  1. a story or event recorded by a camera as a set of moving images and shown in a theater or on television; a motion picture.
It’s the old as time itself, back and forth, rigmarole of the terms films and movies. One that will be around long after we’re all gone. But lets see what we come up with today.

So what about you, folks? Are documentaries considered movies?

I’ll see you in the trenches.

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Author: K. Alvarez

A king without a throne.