Cinema and Photography

“Dear Sirs” – Documentary film screening & discussion with filmmakers, Jun 1

A documentary film directed by Mark Pedri

Post-screening discussion with the director in person led by Laura Ruberto, Berkeley City College

Filmmaker Mark Pedri had never heard his grandfather Silvio’s story, despite spending nearly every day with him for ten years. It wasn’t until after Silvio’s death that Mark found an archive of old photos, letters, and documents detailing Silvio’s horrifying experiences as a prisoner of war during World War II. The discovery inspired Mark to bike across Europe with his wife, the film’s producer Carrie McCarthy, following the original POW transportation routes, in an effort to better understand his grandfather and tell his story. 

The film tells the story of Silvio Pedri’s experience as an Italian American immigrant in the mining community of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and his journey as an American Prisoner of War in Germany during WWII.

S F Italian Athletic Club
1630 Stockton, SF
Wednesday, June 1st
6:30 pm