The proliferation of reality television, talk shows, travel and leisure, science and other educational programs, infotainment, news and fact-based television programs such as the tabloid series, Edisi Siasat (Investigative Edition), Akademi Fantasia,Malaysian Idol,Kembara RiaMalaysia, suggests that there is a potential viewership for non-ﬁctional content and not only pure ﬁctional entertainment in contemporary Malaysia. What distinguishes the documentary proper from factbased television programs? According to Bill Nichols, all ﬁlms are documentaries as they tell us something about the culture we live in. However, there are two types of stories: of wish-fulﬁllment (ﬁction) and social representation (non-ﬁction). A documentary is also rhetorical and aims to give direction, not only pleasure, to its viewers. The appeal and power of a documentary is that it lends us the ability to see timely issues in need of attention (Nichols 2001: 2). In general, documentary ﬁlmmaking continues to be a ﬂedgling ﬁeld in Malaysia despite a history that goes as far back as the 1920s with Malayan Motor Roads (1920) and Memories of Malacca (1921).
|Title of host publication
|Media, Culture and Society in Malaysia
|Yeoh Seng Guan
|Place of Publication
|United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada
|Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
|Published - 2010