CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Laramie County Community College will be hosting a screening of the Wyoming-produced film “Dear Sirs” on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
“Dear Sirs” follows Wyoming filmmaker Mark Pedri as he retraces his grandfather Silvio’s journey through World War II as a Prisoner of War.
After Silvio’s death, Mark found an archive of old photos, letters, and documents detailing Silvio’s journey as a POW in World War II. The discovery inspired Mark to cycle over 500 miles across Europe, following the original Prisoner of War transportation routes, so that he could tell his grandfather’s story.
“Dear Sirs” has garnered packed houses in theaters all across the U.S. and Europe and is scheduled
to broadcast on PBS in 2023. The film was also featured as the opening film for the 2022 GI Film
Festival in San Diego and was awarded the prize for Best Documentary Feature.
The screening event will be held in the Surbrugg/Prentice Auditorium at Laramie County
Community College, with doors opening at 5:45 p.m. and the event starting at 6:15 p.m. on
Wednesday, Nov. 2.
The event will open with a special live performance by the film’s composer, James Craft, and concert violinist Anna Corcoran. This will be followed by introductory remarks by Governor Mark Gordon and a screening of the film.
The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by AARP Wyoming, Wyoming Humanities Council, and WyomingPBS.
A trailer for “Dear Sirs” can be seen on the film’s website.