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Salem Film Fest

Journalistic Documentaries

A documentary can change the public conversation about important issues in our society. These films might do just that over the next year.

Thursday, March 6, 2014


FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE - A FRAGILE TRUST tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked The New York Times and the entire world of journalism.

Saturday, March 8, 2014


FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE - As children in some of the most remote parts of the world connect to the Internet for the first time, WEB considers the impact of global connectivity on all of our lives.


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


HERE WAS CUBA tells the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis and what happened over 13 days in October 1962 when the fate of the world lay ultimately in the hands of just three men.


Fifty percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050, it will be eighty percent. THE HUMAN SCALE delves into the work being done to prepare for the coming population growth and the many intricacies of life in a mega city.


FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE - This Salem Film Fest Sneak Peek brings you behind the frontlines! We’ll screen scenes straight out of the edit room from an upcoming FRONTLINE episode and engage in a revealing discussion that takes you deep inside the filmmaking process.


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.


FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE - In 2006 Pamela Masik, a contemporary artist, set out to create a large-scale exhibition of paintings focused on women who went missing over the previous two decades on the streets of Vancouver.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE - Despite unbelievable circumstances, young Malawian William Kamkwamba builds a power-generating windmill from scraps parts, effectively rescuing his family from famine and poverty. This feature-length documentary tells the story of a unique individual whose incredible invention sets in motion a series of events that will forever change his life.