My Mother's Village

My Mother's Village

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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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My Mother's Village, John Paskievich, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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Credits
  • director
    John Paskievich
  • narration - writer
    John Paskievich
  • camera
    John Paskievich
    Linda Danchak
  • sound
    Robert Hanchar
  • editor
    Kenneth George Godwin
    John Paskievich
  • music composer
    Julian Kytasty
    Richard Moody
  • musician
    Julian Kytasty
    Richard Moody
  • music mixing
    Bruce Little
  • production assistant
    Misha Salo
    Melanie Coad
    Monique Perron
  • additional camera
    John Whiteway
    François Vincelette
  • additional sound
    Norman Dugas
    Marie-France Delagrave
    Steve McNamee
    Per Asplund
    Patrick Skehon
    Sanjay Mehta
    Glenn Hodgins
    Marvin Polanski
  • sound editor
    Saul Henteleff
  • sound mix recording engineer
    Serge Boivin
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • online editor
    Tony Wytinck
  • video post production services
    Mid Canada Production Services Inc.
  • sound services
    NFB Montreal
  • program administrator
    Cyndi Forcand
  • production supervisor
    Scott Collins
  • production clerk
    Rolande Petit
  • producer
    Joe MacDonald
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea