AMERICA’S CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE. A film forum held on Thursday, March 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Salem Five Community Room, 210 Essex St., Salem. Salem State University presents “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” a series of film forums that illustrate the history of civil rights in America to raise the level of discourse on the legacy of slavery and emancipation. Partial screening of “The Abolitionists” and discussion with John Stauffer, professor of English and African-American studies at Harvard University. Free. 978-542-7349, salemstate.edu/created_equal.
SALEM FILM FEST. The largest all-documentary festival in New England, Thursday, March 6, through Thursday, March 13. 37 full-length documentaries; panel discussions with filmmakers, critics and experts; competitions; award ceremonies; after-hour parties; and more. Also, Salem Sketches, a shorts program with a focus on all things local, will precede each documentary. For details, passes, film descriptions and schedules, visit www.salemfilmfest.com/2014/. Screenings held at CinemaSalem, Peabody Essex Museum and Salem Visitor Center. Individual tickets: $10 adults; $8 seniors, students and children, at CinemaSalem box office (Monday to Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.), or at www.salemfilmfest.com (click “Buy Tickets” next to each film) or at www.CinemaSalem.com. A limited number of tickets is available at PEM for films screened at PEM. Tickets for these screenings are also available at CinemaSalem and online.
“HONOR DIARIES.” Sunday, March 9, 7 p.m., Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. In honor of International Women’s Day, free screening of the award-winning documentary “Honor Diaries,” the first film to break the silence on “honor violence” against women and girls. Open to all. RSVP to Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins welcome.
Lectures & presentations
PEABODY GARDEN CLUB. Meeting, Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m., AVIV Woodbridge, community Room, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. Lecturer, horticulturist and garden writer Suzanne Mahler will speak on perennial color, spring to fall. Guests are welcome, and $5 guest fees are applicable to membership. For more information, contact Diane Currier at 978-531-4417.