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Sunday, December 12, 2010

New documentary film on Ukrainians in Quebec

The English-language documentary film Ukrainians in Quebec, has just been released on DVD in celebration of the 120th anniversary of Ukrainians in Canada (1891-2011). 
Filmmaker Yurij Luhovy with
his newly released DVD
Ukrainians in Quebec.
Photo: Adriana Luhovy

Produced, directed and edited by Yurij Luhovy, it tells the story of the Ukrainian settlement in Quebec from 1891 to 1945.

By means of rare, salvaged photographs and personal accounts, the 28 minute film depicts the formative years of the first two waves of Ukrainian immigration in Quebec: those who arrived before the First World War and those who came in the inter-war period.

Ukrainians in Quebec was originally released in 16 mm  in 1979 following four years of research, interviews and filming. It captures aspects of the cultural, organizational, religious and political development of the Ukrainian community in Montreal, as well as in Val d’Or, Rouyn Noranda and surrounding areas in Northern Quebec where many of the descendents of the original colonists still live.

Rich in still photographs and vintage film footage, the documentary also recalls the establishment of the Sheptytsky Colony at Lac Castagnier in the Abitibi region and is a lasting tribute to those early immigrant community builders no longer with us.

Interviews with French-Canadian eye-witnesses describe daily life at Spirit Lake internment camp. Footage shot of the original internment prison barracks still standing at the time is also shown.  

This documentary was the first film to expose the unjust internment of Ukrainians during WWI and place Spirit Lake internment in a wider context of early immigration to Quebec.

Ongoing screening of the documentary will be a permanent part of the Spirit Lake Internment Interpretive Centre to open in 2011.

Restoration of Ukrainians in Quebec was enabled in part with the financial support of the Shevchenko Foundation and the Camp Spirit Lake Corporation.

The original version was partially supported by the Department of Multiculturalism, Secretary of State.  

This was the first documentary made by filmmaker Yurij Luhovy who had just graduated from film studies at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia). It began his journey in documenting aspects of Ukrainian and Ukrainian-Canadian history so that knowledge of the past always remains a part of our present and future.

For further information or to order a copy of Ukrainians in Quebec contact Yurij Luhovy, MML Inc, 2330 Beaconsfield Ave., Montreal, Quebec, H4A 2G8. E-mail: Tel. (514) 481 5871 or visit their website.  


Ken said...

Hi, the "website" listed at the end of the post got mixed up -- clicking on website indicates a website:

However the actual website is

PS - Your show is the just the best!!!

Ukemonde said...

It is Yuriy Luhovy's daughter that graduated from Concordia Pawlina.

Pawlina said...

Thanks, Kenneth, for the heads up on the link ... and for the kind words. So glad you enjoy the show!

Pawlina said...

Roman, thanks for the clarification re Concordia.

You might want to point out the error to the UCC Cultural & Educational Chairperson who sent out the press release. (I just published it verbatim as it was .)

Sarah said...

I thought the readers of the Nash Holos blog may be interested in the Pickle Project, a cool Ukraine-centric project and blog, now on Kickstarter:

The central goal of the Pickle Project is promote awareness and preservation of Ukrainian food traditions, through blogs, social media, traveling museum exhibits and foodcasts. We welcome your support and ideas!

Pawlina said...

Your comment is off topic Sarah but your project is neat so I hope you'll stay in touch.

Thanks for the great Nash Holos interview!

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