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A common adage of certain true stories is, “You couldn’t make this stuff up.” But in screenwriting, ideally, your stories should feel as true as real life. And real life, as the greatest documentaries often show, is complicated. Let’s look at some examples from recent outstanding documentaries. Bing Lui’s documentary MINDING THE GAP was recently nominated for Best Documentary Feature for the 91st Academy Awards.    On the surface, it seems like a documentary about a bunch of skater kids. The film gradually morphs into a treatise on domestic abuse. And those skater kids? They are either victims of that...

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