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.

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

November 2019

The Defection of Simas Kudirka

November 15th, 7:00 p.m.

In 1970, Russian radio operator Simas Kudirka jumps aboard the deck of a U.S. Coast Guard ship in Martha’s Vineyard and announces his intention to defect. But, because of a quirk in American law, the sympathetic Coast Guard officers are unable to offer him political asylum, and watch as Kudirka’s fellow crew members forcibly return him to his ship. Based on a true story, this Emmy Award winning movie starring Alan Arkin explores that fate of Kudirka after his attempt to defect.

The screening will take place at the National Park Theater (33 William Street, New Bedford). The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm. Seating for this event is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

December 2019

Dories to Draggers: The Evolution of New Bedford’s Fishing Fleet, An Illustrated Talk by Paul Doucette

December 20th, 7:00 p.m.

Author Paul Doucette was born and raised in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, the youngest son of Captain Louis Doucette, Jr., a New Bedford fisherman whose career spanned fifty years. His grandfather, Captain Louis Doucette, Sr., was one of the earliest proponents of the movement from dory fishing to trawling, a change which catapulted New Bedford to fishing prominence. Doucette will present an illustrated talk and share stories about the evolution of fishing vessels.

The screening will take place at the National Park Theater (33 William Street, New Bedford). The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm. Seating for this event is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.