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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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One of his important achievements was directing "La Pirogue" semidocumentary movie in 2012.
The semidocumentary double-monologue contemplates the limits of our compassion and humanism for refugees from the Middle East and Congolese civil war zones.
(5.) A few scholars have waded their way into Noir's influence on or emulation of nonfiction and documentary; see, for instance, the entry on "Semidocumentary" in Spicer 2010; and Rabinowitz 2002, 107.
It was filmed in a semidocumentary style and was one of the first programmes to explore the world of the British judiciary, making it a huge hit.
(In 1931, he entered a Corpus Christi procession while walking in the opposite direction, nearly causing a riot among those who would profess peace.) Such foregrounding of normalcy continues with Dora Garcia's The Deviant Majority, 2010, a semidocumentary work taking up the subject of the San Giovanni hospital in Trieste, Italy, which--having been developed during the late '60s in the belief that mental illness is in part a construction steeped in class distinctions and notions of acceptable behavior--eschews conventional psychiatric method in favor of in-house theatrical productions.
What's supposed to be an entertaining and riveting take on the education system turns out to be a more laid-back semidocumentary film.
Or, in a series of semidocumentary and semifictional sketches entwining real and fantastic events, Irena ruminates on her past and the winding paths of her parents, friends, and lovers.
The director achieves a semidocumentary look with hand-held camera and natural lighting, with intense close-ups that provide some of the tension and dark humor the story requires.
Originally banned for its in-your-face queer imagery, this 1971 semidocumentary about painter David Hockney is a sexy and stirring portrait of the artist.
* El Automovil Gris by Claudio Valdes Kuri uses Japanese Benshi-style narration, in English, to explain and complicate the projection of El Automovil Gris (The Grey Automobile), a silent 1919 Enrique Rosas semidocumentary Mexican gangster picture with Spanish intertitles.
Though film is not a Dogma production, it borrows some elements from that school, with sparse use of music and with hand-held camera giving an intimate, sometimes semidocumentary feel.
Major semidocumentary narratives followed (Brainard, 1929, 1940; Todd, 1961; Guttridge, 2000), as well as a number of short papers (Bruno and Rockwell, 1984; Barnett, 1988; Myerson, 1996).