In cooperation with the state program „Welcome to Rheinland-Pfalz! Our neighbors from the USA“
Dear Sirs; USA 2021; director: Mark Pedri; actors: Mark Pedri, Carrie McCarthy; 93 min; no age restriction; original with German subtitles
U.S. filmmaker Mark Pedri grew up close to his grandfather Silvio as a child, spending a lot of time with him in the trailer park where he worked or on his front porch in the small town of Rock Springs, Wyoming. However, it wasn't until ten years after his grandfather's death that Mark discovered an archive of photos and letters that changed his life. While Mark knew Silvio was in World War II and a prisoner of war there, he and his grandfather had never talked about it. After discovering an incredible archive of photos, documents, and letters documenting Silvio's experiences as a prisoner of war in captivity and his subsequent march from camp to camp throughout Germany, Mark embarks on a journey, riding his bicycle across West Germany in Silvio's footsteps, to better understand the man who would become his grandfather.
Join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary film Dear Sirs followed by a live Q&A (in English) with the filmmakers, Director, Mark Pedri, and Producer, Carrie McCarthy.
The movie theater series AMERICA ON SCREEN
once again brings U.S. society, culture, and history to the big screen: we open the series with an outdoor cinema classic, search for the American dream in a small Texas town and meet the pioneers of the trans movement in San Francisco. Then, we fly a special mission with a group of Top Gun trainees, travel from a run-down laundromat into the multiverse, explore the world of social media with a student and his defective robot, and cycle across Germany in the footsteps of an American prisoner of war. In cooperation with the UNION – Studio für Filmkunst in Kaiserslautern, the PROVINZ Programmkino in Enkenbach, the Moselkino in Bernkastel-Kues, and the Broadway Filmtheater in Trier, we will show selected films accompanied by keynote speeches and Q&As, to which we will welcome not only exciting experts but also directors and filmmakers from the USA and Germany.