Salem Film Fest is the largest documentary film festival in Massachusetts with films from around the world, running in person for four days, March 23- 26 and virtually for 7 days, March 27 – April 2, 2023. For more information, visit www.SalemFilmFest.com
1946: THE MISTRANSLATION THAT SHIFTED A CULTURE
The word “homosexual” first appeared in the Bible in 1946. Researchers unveil astonishing new revelations regarding the mistranslation that has had grave consequences for the LGBTQIA+ community.
AN ACCIDENTAL LIFE
Speed climber Quinn Brett survives a near fatal climbing accident, but struggles to access the joy central to her being while rediscovering how to use her body without the use of her legs.
ART AND PEP
The owners of an iconic LGBTQ+ bar in Chicago are civil rights leaders who have been fighting for equality for decades, their activism is a love unlike any other.
Walking away from Boston’s New England Conservatory, a pianist backpacks overland from Spain to Japan, then builds a remote cabin in Canada to create a new form of music.
CALL ME MULE
A feisty 65-year-old man and his three mules have roamed the West on foot for 30 years, struggling to maintain a nomadic lifestyle.
Since 1985, cowboys have traveled to the American National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, where they share their unique love for poetry and their Western way of life.
DUSTY & STONES
Two struggling country music singers from the African Kingdom of Swaziland determined to win big and turn their careers around, compete in a Texas battle of the bands.
FANTASTIC NEGRITO: Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?
Massachusetts born Bluesman Fantastic Negrito faces the demons of his past while recording his third Grammy-winning album, Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?
FINDING HER BEAT
For over 2,000 years, the Japanese drumming art of Taiko, has been reserved solely for men. Meet the bold women whose talent, determination and sisterhood aim to change that. Tickets include a live drumming performance!
An investigative journalist uncovers the money, influence and politics behind an alarming covert global effort to control Earth’s remaining food and water resources.
JACK HAS A PLAN
When Jack, a man with a terminal brain tumor for 25 years, decides to end his life, family and friends struggle to accept his decision. Jack’s best friend documents his three-year quest to die a happy man, culminating in a permanent going-away party.
THE KAISER OF ATLANTIS
A determined orchestra director and a spiritualist shephard the début of a 1943 opera written by prisoners in Terezin, a Nazi concentration camp. Its anti-war warning is as timely as ever.
KASH KASH: Without Feathers We Can’t Live
Beirut, a city in turmoil, is portrayed through following the players of “Kash Hamam”, a game of chance played with pigeons over the rooftops.
A voice from a distant future tells of a vanished city that was once among the most famous in the world – Venice, Italy.
A musical journey set in Ireland exploring the history and narratives of Dublin’s fabled North Circular Road.
NO TIME TO FAIL
Amidst an onslaught of disinformation and a global pandemic, Rhode Island election officials work around the clock to ensure the integrity of the 2020 election.
OFF THE RAILS
British youth gain YouTube fame and fortune with their UrbEx stunts and gravity-defying Parkour skills until the trauma of a close friend’s death triggers darker stories, of broken families and fragile mental health.
OVERCOMING THE DARKNESS
A kaleidoscopic of stories of Ukraine’s cities, under current Russian invasion, and their historic struggle for the right to exist freely on their own land.
Friday March 24 — 7:45pm at Cinema Salem
PHOTOGRAPHIC JUSTICE: The Corky Lee Story
For decades, Chinese American photographer Corky Lee documented the Asian American experience. An unprecedented look at the triumphs and tragedies of the man behind the camera.
A renown Russian geophysicist and his son stave off a global environmental catastrophe by restoring the Ice Age “mammoth steppe” ecosystem in their remote corner of Siberia.
Pilgrims to Jerusalem have been tattooed by the Razzouk family for hundreds of years. When ancient olive wood stencils mysteriously go missing, family secrets unfold.
STILL WORKING 9 TO 5
A look at what has changed – and what hasn’t – for working women in the 40 years since the release of the 1980 blockbuster 9 TO 5 – featuring interviews with the film’s stars.
A STORY OF BONES
The UK’s colonial past as a slave trading nation is exposed when airport construction on St. Helena island, best known for Napoleon’s gravesite, unearths an unmarked mass burial ground.
Controversy erupts over images of African American slaves and Native Americans in New Deal-era murals at George Washington High School in San Francisco, leading to a passionate outpouring of activism and opinions about art, history, and racial reckoning in America.
UKRAINISTAN ARTISTS WAR — World Premiere
By demonstrating how art can succeed where war fails, UKRAINISTAN ARTIST WAR offers creative optimism in the face of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine and the Taliban’s oppression of women and girls in Afghanistan.
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