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This 16 mm spring-wound Bolex "H16" Reflex camera is a popular entry level camera used in film schools.

A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record.<ref>oed.com</ref> Such films were originally shot on film stock—the only medium available—but now include video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video, made into a TV show or released for screening in cinemas. "Documentary" has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.<ref>Nichols, Bill. 'Foreword', in Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski (eds.) Documenting The Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1997</ref>


Documentary film sections
Intro   Defining documentary   History  Other documentary forms  Translation of documentaries  See also  Notes and references  Sources and bibliography  External links  

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