docu·​dra·​ma | \ˈdä-kyə-ˌdrä-mə, -ˌdra-, -kyü-\

Definition of docudrama 

: a drama (as for television) dealing freely with historical events especially of a recent and controversial nature

Examples of docudrama in a Sentence

They are making a docudrama about the controversial court case.

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Watching Three Identical Strangers, I was reminded of Errol Morris’s recent Netflix docudrama series, Wormwood, another slow-burn thriller about a conspiracy and a cover-up. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Three Identical Strangers Revisits a Shadowy Scientific Conspiracy," 29 June 2018 An article last Sunday about the actress Olivia de Havilland’s lawsuit against FX and Ryan Murphy Productions over her portrayal in a docudrama rendered incorrectly the name of a video game. New York Times, "Corrections: March 11, 2018," 11 Mar. 2018 Greyman A true-story docudrama just waiting to be told and recorded for history., "Globe South Commentary," 8 June 2018 The result was The Laramie Project, a 2000 docudrama that juxtaposes the facts of the Shepard case with the Tectonic ensemble's own evolving perspectives on small-town America. Albert Williams, Chicago Reader, "The Laramie Project charts an important moment in the struggle for LGBTQ rights in America," 24 May 2018 Boomers, on the other hand, know well the story told in this sturdy new docudrama. Gary Thompson,, "'Chappaquiddick': Political power and alternative facts, '60s style," 4 Apr. 2018 Without Bourbon Street, New Orleans would be a PBS docudrama. Doug Maccash,, "Why New Orleans newbies should absolutely attend Chris Owens' Easter Parade," 27 Mar. 2018 Depending on its outcome, the de Havilland case could set a precedent for what docudramas can and can't do in terms of storytelling. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "FX, Olivia de Havilland take their 'Feud' to appeals court," 21 Mar. 2018 This docudrama, opening at St. Ann’s Warehouse on March 12, tells the true story of the 2015 student movement to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes, one of the architects of apartheid, from its prominent and provocative perch on campus. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Off Broadway’s Spring Semester: Five New Plays About School," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of docudrama

circa 1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for docudrama

documentary + drama

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English Language Learners Definition of docudrama

: a movie that is usually made for television and that tells a story about real events that have happened recently

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