Salem Film Fest

Dear members of the Salem-Ota Cultural Exchange,
We are pleased to be partners this year with Salem Film Fest, and invite you to participate in their 14th annual, virtual, film fest this year. Full information and tickets are available on
Of particular note to the group is the film Son of Fukushima, which will be shown starting March 19. The director, Beth Balawick, is from Salem and is a story of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima.
“Live action and animation combine to tell the story of a Japanese farming family whose life is impacted by two unthinkable nuclear tragedies. Patriarch Saichi Ouchi was a victim of the Hiroshima bombing in 1945, and the Fukushima nuclear disaster contaminated the family’s farmland in 2011, destroying their time-honored way of life. Aging oldest son, Hidekatsu, bound by duty and honor to his ancestral land, struggles to reclaim all he holds dear.”

Check out the trailer for the film here:
This, and many other films, will be available March 19-28. Please take advantage and support this program and the amazing films they bring to us every year!