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Salem Film Fest 2016

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Ninth Annual Salem Film Fest Offers Captivating Cinema of The World Around Us

35 Documentaries Over Eight Days Explore Topics and Perspectives To Challenge Your Eyes and Mindset

Salem, MA: While you can tour a lot of sites in historic Salem, Mass., here’s a sampling of sights and sounds from March 3-10 that you might otherwise never encounter.

  • See a social robot bring comfort to lonely elders afflicted with dementia.
  • Witness love and redemption in the world of trash recycling at a California town.
  • Follow a Paraguayan youth orchestra as they play instruments made entirely of garbage.
  • Experience the decade long transformation of an abused child bride to becoming South India’s first female taxi driver.

Those descriptions are of but four among 35 impressive and astonishing documentaries taking to the screen at the 2016 Salem Film Fest, which has grown to be recognized as one of the nation’s leading documentary film venues. Screenings take place March 3-10 this year at CinemaSalem and the Morse Auditorium of the Peabody Essex Museum.

The festival concentrates on well-told stories with strong technical elements and interesting visual approaches, letting narratives unfold that wind their way through the human experience in the USA and foreign lands. Many of the films to be screened represent a US, East Coast or regional premiere. Filmmakers are expected to be present for more than half of the screenings, giving audiences a unique advantage to learn about the documentary process.

Each film provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in the encounters of others in a dramatic and sensory way, embarking upon what is different and recognizing what is common to us all. “The world is an amazing place,” is an oft worn but timely phrase. The 2016 Salem Film Fest affirms that travel quote for your eyes and ears to behold.

A complete syllabus of films to be shown this year accompanied by short and detailed summaries is posted at, where you will also find listings for filmmaker receptions and music events.

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Salem Film Fest was founded in 2008 by filmmaker Joe Cultrera (HAND OF GOD), local businessman Paul Van Ness (CinemaSalem, Van Ness Creative), Executive Director of the Salem Chamber of Commerce Rinus Oosthoek and others from the community. Run and operated entirely by volunteers, the week-long festival has become a community-wide event with screenings at CinemaSalem, the Peabody Essex Museum and the National Park Service Salem Visitor Center with filmmaker parties and music events held at venues throughout downtown. Fueled by great films, dedicated volunteers and enthusiastic audiences, festival attendance has grown 15 to 25 percent each year.



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Unique Points of Interest:

  • Largest All-Documentary Festival in New England
  • Two-thirds of filmmakers to attend and engage in post-screening dialogue
  • Unique financial model in which rather than pay submission fees, filmmakers are paid a screening commission sponsored by a business, individual, or organization from the regional community
  • Founded and organized each year by an all-volunteer organization of passionate film lovers