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 (sĕm′ē-dŏk′yə-mĕn′tə-rē, sĕm′ī-)
n. pl. sem·i·doc·u·men·ta·ries
A book, movie, or television program presenting a fictional story that incorporates many factual details or actual events.

sem′i·doc′u·men′ta·ry adj.
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n, pl -ries
(Broadcasting) a film or television programme that is fictional but includes many factual events or details
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Like many Western critics who saw this Afghanistan-set drama at the Cannes Film Festival in May, I found it stilted and a bit disappointing, especially in the context of director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's string of vibrant semidocumentaries (The Silence, A Moment of Innocence, among others).