docu·​dra·​ma | \ ˈdä-kyə-ˌdrä-mə How to pronounce docudrama (audio) , -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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Most Dangerous Animal of All (FX) was a binge-worthy four-part docudrama. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: We must be positive without being foolish during coronavirus pandemic," 25 Mar. 2020 These echoes have led many viewers to regard Chinatown, not only as docudrama, but as truth—the real secret history of how Los Angeles got its water. David L. Ulin, The New Republic, "The Enduring Vision of Chinatown," 11 Feb. 2020 And artistic works enjoy broad First Amendment protection that allows them to incorporate celebrities and public figures into stories ranging from parodies like SNL to semi-fictionalized docudramas. David Singer, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Hollywood Can (and Can’t) Fight Back Against Deepfake Videos (Guest Column)," 7 Sep. 2019 The docudrama focuses on Jewell, who was initially hailed as a hero for finding a bomb at a concert held at Centennial Olympic Park and clearing bystanders from the area. Jonathan Landrum Jr., USA TODAY, "'Jumanji: The Next Level' is No. 1; 'Richard Jewell' marks one of Clint Eastwood's worst debuts," 16 Dec. 2019 First published in 1988, Joe Simpson's mountaineering disaster memoir Touching the Void became an international best-seller, later inspiring Kevin MacDonald's hit 2003 docudrama of the same name. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Touching the Void': Theater Review," 15 Nov. 2019 Michael Werwie, a Milwaukee native, wrote the screenplay for this docudrama about serial killer Ted Bundy (played by Zac Efron), told from the perspective of the killer's former girlfriend (who also has a writing credit). Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "22 movies with Wisconsin ties in 2019, from 'Avengers: Endgame' and 'Captain Marvel' to 'Bombshell'," 26 Dec. 2019 Among the films Participant has championed are George Clooney’s CIA conspiracy thrillers, Al Gore’s climate-change documentaries, and a docudrama celebrating Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legal career. John Fund, National Review, "Hollywood Scare Stories Are Driving Our Politics," 15 Dec. 2019 The docudrama has been touring for a decade and has been seen throughout the United States and was recently performed in El Salvador. Christopher Arnott,, "Deportation tragedy re-created in live documdrama ‘De Novo’ at Charter Oak Center," 11 Nov. 2019

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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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“Docudrama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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