Salem Film Fest @ PEM

Adults $10, seniors and students $8 | ALL FEST Pass holders free*

Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1pm

Location: Morse Auditorium

Salem Film Fest @ PEM

The Salem Film Fest @ PEM is a 3 day event happening Thursday, March 7, Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10, 2013.
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1 pm | In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter

2011, 75 minutes, directed by Tomas Leach
Director Tomas Leach is expected to attend this Massachusetts premiere

Saul Leiter could have been lauded as the great pioneer of color photography, but was never driven by the allure of success. Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own way, amassing an archive of beautiful work that is now piled high in his New York apartment. An intimate and personal film, In No Great Hurry follows Leiter as he deals with the triple burden of clearing an apartment full of memories, becoming world famous in his 80s and fending off a pesky filmmaker. 

Tickets available at the door. First come, first served


3:30 pm | The World's Most Fashionable Prison

2012, 67 minutes, directed by CK Mak, English subtitles

Among toughened criminals on the gang-run blocks of a maximum security facility in the Philippines, we meet a community of inmates taking part in an extraordinary project. Fashion designer Puey Quinones visits once a week to teach 30 participants how to sew, work with fabrics and see their ideas go from sketch to finished product. The teams' efforts culminate in a competitive sartorial showdown judged by top professionals from the Philippine fashion industry.

Tickets available at the door. First come, first served


5:30 pm | The World Before Her

2012, 90 minutes, written and directed by Nisha Pahuja

In the lobby of a Bombay hotel, we meet 20 young Indian women who arrive for a monthlong beauty boot camp. These Miss India pageant contestants know winning means instant stardom. But as the popularity of pageants has exploded, so have the controversies surrounding them. We also visit a camp for girls run by the women's wing of the militant fundamentalist movement. Through lectures and physical combat training, they learn what it means to be good Hindu women. These young women may represent opposing extremes but share a common dream: to help shape the future of India.

Tickets available at the door. First come, first served


7:30 pm | Poetry of Resilience

2011, 40 minutes, directed by Katja Esson, English subtitles

With grace and humor, Poetry of Resilience follows six poets who survived some of the worst atrocities of the 20th century, exploring language as an internal means of survival - for the poet and the readers of poems.


Tickets available at the door. First come, first served


Tickets for films shown at PEM may be reserved by calling 978-745-9500, extension 3011, clicking on the above Purchase Tickets Here buttons,  or through CinemaSalem (box office or


*NOTE: ALL FEST Pass holders may attend the weekend screenings for free, but must still make a reservation.

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