The 9th ANNUAL SALEM FILM FEST

The Peabody Essex Museum to host and sponsor the event




Still from Driving with Selvi. Pictured here is Selvi, India’s first woman taxi driver and abusive relationship survivor. 2015, directed by Elisa Paloschi.

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is a major sponsor and one venue that will host the ninth-annual Salem Film Fest. One of New England’s largest documentary film festivals, the event is held in multiple locations across Salem, including PEM, from Thursday, March 3, through Thursday, March 10. 

PEM will screen 14 documentaries in Morse Auditorium that explore global, social, and political issues. Audiences can dive into five days of social commentary created by filmmakers invited to Salem by local passionate film lovers, as well as participate in drop-in art making, a movement workshop, and a closing night reception.

Salem Film Fest's tagline is  Come to Salem, see the world, and the the chosen 2016 documentaries take audiences to India, the Ukraine, Germany, and beyond.

ABOUT SALEM FILM FEST

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 percent to 25 percent each year.

SALEM FILM FEST SCREENINGS AT PEM | MORSE AUDITORIUM

ADULTS $11 | MEMBERS, SENIORS AND STUDENTS $9 | ALL FEST PASSHOLDERS FREE, BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED AND MUST HAVE TICKETS IN HAND PRIOR TO SCREENING

Visit salemfilmfest.com for a complete schedule. Ticket sales at PEM will conclude each day by 4:30 pm. Tickets are also available through CinemaSalem (in-person box office or at cinemasalem.com).

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