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Dock-u-mentaries Update: For health and safety reasons, the in-person Dock-u-mentaries Series has been postponed. Please join us for our virtual Dock-u-mentary Discussions over the coming months!

Thank you to BankFive for their support of our Dock-u-mentaries Series.

Films about the commercial fishing industry and other aspects of the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the theater of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street. Presented by New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Seating for this event is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Dock-U-Mentaries is open to the public and presented free of charge.

August 2020

August 21st at 7:00pm


Save the date for our August Dock-u-mentaries film, Seadrift. Following the virtual screening, we will be joined by filmmaker Tim Tsai for a discussion of the film. Click here to join the Zoom call for the event.

In 1979, a Vietnamese refugee shoots and kills a white crab fisherman at the public town docks in Seadrift, TX. What began as a dispute over fishing territory erupts into violence and ignites a maelstrom of boat burnings, KKK intimidation, and other hostilities against Vietnamese refugees along the Gulf Coast. Set during the early days of Vietnamese arrival in the U.S., Seadrift is a feature documentary that examines the circumstances that led up to the shooting and its dramatic aftermath, and reveals the unexpected consequences that continue to reverberate today. Click here to watch the trailer for Seadrift.

September 2020

September 18th at 7:00pm

A Sigh and A Wish: Helen Creighton’s Maritimes

Save the date for our September Dock-u-mentary, A Sigh and A Wish: Helen Creighton’s Maritimes. More information on whether this program will be in-person or virtually coming soon. Stay tuned!

Renowned folklorist Helen Creighton single-handedly compiled North America’s largest collection of folklore and music, much of which would have disappeared forever if not for her tenacity, collecting stories and songs from the Gaelic singers of Cape Breton, French Acadians, the Mi’kmaw, and the Black communities of Nova Scotia. Her name became a household word throughout the fishing villages, towns, and farms, Ironically, in collecting legends, Creighton became one herself.



38 Bethel Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Located in New Bedford, the nation’s most valuable fishing port, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives.

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