SPJ Film
Montag 12.12. 09.00 Uhr

Dear Sirs – for Schools

Film Screening & Conversation

Location: ifa WeltRaum, Charlottenplatz 17, 70173 Stuttgart
Entrance: Free
Duration: 9.00 – 11.00 AM
Language: English 
Registration: Please register until December 9th via school@daz.org

After discovering an archive detailing the horrifying journey of his grandfather as an American Prisoner of War during World War II, a young man from Wyoming sets out 75 years later to retrace his footsteps across Germany on bicycle, piecing together an untold story in an effort to understand the man who helped raise him.

Dear Sirs is a documentary film about understanding our collective history by connecting with those closest to us. Despite working with him for years, filmmaker Mark Pedri never learned the details of his grandfather Silvio’s experience as a WWII Prisoner of War. Ten years after Silvio’s death, Mark found an incredible archive of photos and letters which inspired him to bike over 800km across Germany to retrace his grandfather’s harrowing journey and better understand the man who raised him.

The Second World War is still an active and very important topic in every history lesson. With the war happening in Ukraine, learning about how war affects the lives of people seems as relevant as ever. This event is a highlight for interdisciplinary lessons and can be perfectly integrated into history, social sciences, or English classes. It’s also a great opportunity for students to expand their knowledge of America’s role in World War II with a very personal perspective on it.

Join us for a screening of Dear Sirs and a discussion with the filmmakers!

With: Carrie McCarthy, producer; Mark Pedri, director
In cooperation with: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. | Landesbüro

Carrie McCarthy

is a scientist turned producer from Rock Springs who got her start working as a scientific film consultant on documentaries. During her time in academia, Carrie was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to fund her research, which has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences worldwide. She now runs Burning Torch Productions with her partner Mark where she produces documentaries, feature-length, and episodic content focusing on character-driven non-fiction stories. Her films have won awards at film festivals around the world. Carrie has a PhD in Materials Chemistry from the University of Southern California. Though she has no fixed address to give, she calls Los Angeles and Wyoming home.

Picture: SPJ Film

Mark Pedri

is an expedition-based documentary filmmaker and writer from Southwestern Wyoming where he tells stories from off the beaten path. Mark founded Burning Torch Productions in 2011 to focus on character-driven stories from the backcountry and backroads of the world. His films have played at international festivals, on national PBS, and in screening tours around the world. Prior to making films full-time, Mark managed the Episodic Storytelling program at Sundance Institute. Mark has an MFA in Producing from the University of Southern California and an MA in Communication and Journalism from the University of Wyoming. For his most recent film he cycled across Germany to retrace the route of his grandfather who was a Prisoner of War in WWII.

Picture: SPJ Film