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Salem Film Fest 2017

Historical Significance

Dateline-Saigon

DATELINE-SAIGON

Friday, March 3,


The Day the Sun Fell2

THE DAY THE SUN FELL

A filmmaker’s quest to learn more about her grandfather’s work as a Red Cross doctor on duty after the Hiroshima bombing takes an eerie turn when the Fukushima nuclear disaster strikes.

Wrestling with Alligators

WRESTLING ALLIGATORS

Controversial James E. Billie, alligator wrestler, Vietnam veteran, folk singer and half-white Seminole Indian chairman, created Indian gaming and an instant jackpot for his impoverished tribe.

Saturday, March 4,


First Lady of the Revolution

FIRST LADY OF THE REVOLUTION

The remarkable story of Henrietta Boggs, an Alabama Southern belle who takes a life-altering journey through marriage, civil war and audacious democratic reforms to become the First Lady of Costa Rica.

Karl Marx City2

KARL MARX CITY

A filmmaker pulls back the iron curtain on her East German hometown to uncover the truth about her father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi (secret police) connections in a chilling look at oppression and surveillance.

American Experience Oklahoma City

American Experience presents OKLAHOMA CITY

A series of violent encounters between American citizens and federal law enforcement leads to the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in our nation’s history, the Murrah Building bombing.

Monday, March 6,


Dateline-Saigon2

DATELINE-SAIGON

Five Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists face fierce political opposition as they try to cover the Vietnam War from the ground in a film that is uncannily relevant today.

Wednesday, March 8,


What was Ours

WHAT WAS OURS

Three Wyoming Wind River Native Americans find sacred ancestral artifacts in a Chicago museum archive and wrestle with whether their return will reopen old wounds or promote tribal healing.

Bobby Sands

BOBBY SANDS: 66 DAYS

In 1981, IRA prisoner Bobby Sands’ hunger strike and death brought a global spotlight to the Northern Ireland conflict and turned the enigmatic 27-year-old into a 20th century political icon.