Canada’s Diverse Cultures

A selection by Albert Ohayon

Shipbuilder

This film recreates the true story of Tom Sukanen, an eccentric Finnish immigrant who homesteaded in Saskatchewan in the 1920s and 1930s. Sukanen spent ten years building and moving overland a huge iron ship that was to carry him back to his native Finland. The ship never reached water.

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What would drive a man to spend 10 years of his life building a ship in the middle of the prairie 17 miles (27 km) from the nearest body of water? In the case of Tom Sukanen, it might have something to do with returning to his native Finland to be reunited with the wife and baby he left behind. Shipbuilder explores the fine line between genius and madness as well as the great loneliness that afflict immigrants regardless of where they are.

— Albert Ohayon

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  • Pixelpump

    “This is one of the saddest things I've ever seen :(” — Pixelpump, 25 Aug 2010

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Film Credits

director
Stephen Surjik
producer
Charles Konowal
cinematography
Charles Konowal
script
Ken Mitchell
editing
Norm Sawchyn
sound editing
Carol Wenaus
re-recording
Jean-Pierre Joutel
narrator
Kristjana Gunnars
music
Marcelle Nokony
Greg Zuck
cast
Sasha Konowal
Galen Wahlmeier

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