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Laughter in My Soul

1983 27 min
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This short documentary profiles cartoonist, painter, humorist, publisher, iconographer, and teacher Jacob Maydanyk. Part of the first wave of Ukrainian immigrants who arrived in Canada between 1896-1914, Maydanyk was an imaginative artist who created the beloved comic strip character Shteef Tabachniuk, a hapless and endearing galoot who became a folk hero to Ukrainian immigrants. Laughter in My Soul is a tribute to the dignity and heroism of those early pioneers and to those whose spirit lives on, to those who had laughter in their souls.

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Laughter in My Soul

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This short documentary profiles cartoonist, painter, humorist, publisher, iconographer, and teacher Jacob Maydanyk. Part of the first wave of Ukrainian immigrants who arrived in Canada between 1896-1914, Maydanyk was an imaginative artist who created the beloved comic strip character Shteef Tabachniuk, a hapless and endearing galoot who became a folk hero to Ukrainian immigrants. Laughter in My Soul is a tribute to the dignity and heroism of those early pioneers and to those whose spirit lives on, to those who had laughter in their souls.
  • director
    Halya Kuchmij
  • producer
    Wolf Koenig
    Halya Kuchmij
  • executive producer
    Robert Verrall
    Roman Kroitor
  • camera
    Allan Kroeker
  • sound
    Leon Johnson
    Barry Lank
  • editing
    Wolf Koenig
    Rosemarie Shapley
  • sound editing
    André Galbrand
  • animation
    Robert Doucet
  • narrator
    John Colicos

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