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Released on DVD
documentary Ukrainians in Quebec, first released in 16 mm, has now been
re-mastered and just released on DVD in celebration of the 120th
anniversary of Ukrainians in Canada
(1891-2011). Produced, directed and edited by Yurij Luhovy, it tells
of Ukrainian settlement in Quebec
from 1891 to 1945. By means of rare,
salvaged photographs and personal accounts, the 28 min. film depicts
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
in Quebec was originally released in 1979
following four years of research, interviews and filming. It
captures aspects of the cultural,
organizational, religious and political development of the Ukrainian
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
still live. Rich in still photographs and vintage film footage, the
documentaryalso recalls the establishment of the Sheptytsky Colony at
Lac Castagnier in
the Abitibi Region and is a lasting tribute to those early immigrant
builders no longer with us.
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
This documentary was the first film to expose the unjust internment of
Ukrainians during WWI and place the Spirit
Lake internment in a wider context of
early immigration to Quebec.
Ongoing screening of the documentary will be a permanent part of the
Lake Internment Interpretive Centre to open in 2011.
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 of Canada.
the first documentary made by filmmaker Yurij Luhovy who had just
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.
Montreal Premiere of the documentary was held in January 2011.
further information or to order a copy of Ukrainians in Quebec contact:
Luhovy, MML Inc,
Montreal, Quebec, H4A 2G8
tel. (514) 481 5871
Article was published in New Pathway
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