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My Mother's Village ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB528264
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Joe MacDonald, Graydon McCrea
Directors:  John Paskievich
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Issues, Diversity, Documentary, Social Issues, Social Studies, World History
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2001
Running Time:  101:04


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In a documentary that spans two continents and several generations, acclaimed director John Paskievich delves into the experience of exile and its impact on the human spirit.

Almost fifty years after his family fled Ukraine for freedom in Canada, the filmmaker visits his parents' homeland. It's a place both familiar and foreign. Drawing on his years growing up in Winnipeg, Paskievich explores how children of refugees and immigrants are caught between two worlds. While they struggle to put down roots in a new country, they must also preserve traditions of a distant land they have never known.

Paskievich's journey through Ukraine is interwoven with stories of displacement from other prominent Ukrainian Canadians--authors George Melnyk and Fran Ponomarenko, filmmaker Bohdana Bashuk, director Halya Kuchmij and dancer Lecia Polujan. A rich tapestry of memory and history, My Mother's Village brings to light the humour, anger, joy and complexity of living between borders.


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