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May 17, 2013
Contact: Shelley Dawicki

New Bedford’s Working Waterfront Festival and National Park Sponsor Monthly Dock-U-Mentaries

Interviews collected through NOAA’s “Voices from the Fisheries” project will be featured this week as part of the New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival's Dock-U-Mentaries series. Dock-U-Mentaries are films about the working waterfront shown on the third Friday of each month. The series is part of the Festival’s Portholes Project, intended to engage local residents and members of commercial fishing communities in conversations about critical issues facing the working waterfront. 

The next film in the Dock-U-Mentaries series, In Altro Mare, explores Gloucester’s Italian-American community and its ties to the Sicilian town of Terrasini. The film will be shown May 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the theater at the Corson Maritime Learning Center, 33 William Street, in downtown New Bedford.   All programs are free and open to the public.

A discussion about the historical and present role of immigrants on the New Bedford Waterfront will follow the screening. Oral history interviews with immigrant women who work in seafood processing jobs on the waterfront will be featured. The interviews were conducted as part of NOAA’s Voices from the Fisheries Project.  Podcasts can be heard at http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/voicesfromthefisheries/immigrant_women.html

Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Working Waterfront Festival. To learn more, visit the Working Waterfront Festival web site at: http://www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org/portholes-project/

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