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Salem Film Fest

Films for Cinematography Buffs

Okay, every film in the festival belongs on this list, but here are a few suggestions to help you keep abreast with the widely varied state-of-the-art in documentary visuals.

Friday, March 7, 2014


Pema was born in a Himalayan village as the only son of six children, but grew up in Kathmandu. Now 19, he has to choose between going back home and marry a local girl to take care of his parents, or study and live in the west.


In Karachi, Pakistan, a runaway boy's life hangs on one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place? Simultaneously heart-wrenching and life-affirming, THESE BIRDS WALK documents the struggles of these wayward street children and the samaritans looking out for them in an ethereal and inspirational story of resilience.

Saturday, March 8, 2014


FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE - In a city with 15 hour power cuts, hundreds of people risk their lives to steal electricity. With the first female chief of the electricity company vowing to eliminate all illegal connections, the lines are drawn for a battle over electricity.


FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE - An examination of challenges, hopes and dreams of the young residents of a rural American town.

Sunday, March 9, 2014


FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE - A proposed uranium mill pits the need for jobs and stability against health and the environment in the rural west. URANIUM DRIVE-IN captures the emotional debate pitting a population desperate for jobs and financial stability against an environmental group based in a nearby resort town.

Monday, March 10, 2014


METAMORPHOSEN takes audiences on a stunning and honest visual tour of Russia’s South Ural region, home to the Mayak Nuclear Facility and its victims, who describe life in one of the world’s most radioactive-contaminated spots.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


BENDING STEEL is a deeply moving and inspirational documentary exploring the lost art of the oldetime strongman and one man's struggle to overcome limitations of body and mind.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Every living thing requires water. We interact with it in a myriad of ways. But how often do we consider the complexity of that interaction?