1. Film of real people going about their everyday lives rather than of actors playing roles (often as segments incorporated into fictional or fictionalized narrative films in order to add realism).
2. [French actualité] An early film genre that featured short accounts of non-fictional subjects in the form of travelogues or newsreels.
3. (philosophy) That which is present at a particular place and time, and is accessible to the senses—as opposed to that which is falsified, fabricated, or that exists only in its potentiality.