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Ted Baryluk's Grocery

Ted Baryluk's Grocery

| 10 min

This short documentary profiles Ukrainian-Canadian Ted Baryluk, whose grocery store has been a fixture in Winnipeg's North End for over 20 years. In this photo study, Ted talks about his store, the customers who have come and gone and the social changes his multicultural neighbourhood has seen. But most of all he wonders what will become of his store after he retires. He hopes his daughter will take over, but she wants to move away. The film is a wistful rendering of a shopkeeper's relationship with his daughter and a fascinating portrait of a neighbourhood and its inhabitants.

  • director
    John Paskievich
    Michael Mirus
  • script
    John Paskievich
    Michael Mirus
  • editing
    John Paskievich
    Michael Mirus
  • producer
    Wolf Koenig
    Michael Scott
  • executive producer
    Michael Scott
  • photography
    John Paskievich
  • sound
    Michael Mirus
    Leon Johnson
  • sound editing
    Michael Mirus
  • animation
    Cameron Gaul
    Raymond Dumas
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel


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Ages 16 to 17

Family Studies/Home Economics - Feminism
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)

Discuss the style of this film. In what ways is this photo study more powerful to the viewer? Discuss Mr. Baryluk's dilemma. Suggest reasons why his daughter is not willing to stay in Winnipeg and take over her father's store. Discuss whether she is being selfish or practical in her decision. In what ways is this film still relevant today? Comment on Mr. Baryluk's statement that neighborhoods and people change, not always for the better.

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