Film focusing on tragic part of Ukrainian history coming to N.B.

By Angela Brown
November 7, 2017 - 5:00pm

 A film focusing on a harrowing piece of Ukrainian history will soon be coming to North Battleford.

"Holodomor: Voices of Survivors" - a 2015 Canadian short documentary film by Ariadna Ochrymovych - will be shown at the Chapel Gallery on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m..

The piece focuses on the Ukrainian genocide of 1932-33, imposed by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin that resulted in the death of from seven to 10 million people by starvation.

The Holodomor is known as a time of forced famine by the Stalin regime.

"It tells the story well," Battlefords Ukrainian Cultural Council president Paul Kardynal said.  “That's what the Holodomor is: death by starvation."

“It’s so people are aware this is what happened,” added Kardynal. “It’s a part of history we always hope won’t happen again to anybody, except it just keeps on happening.”  

The local presentation and film has been made available locally through a partnership involving the Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Saskatchewan Provincial Council and the Battlefords Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Council.

The film has also previously been shown at the Yorkton Film Festival.

Kardynal appreciates the film will coming to the local area to raise awareness about this painful time in Ukraine history.

The Holodomor is being discussed more today, especially in schools, since not everyone knows about this period in history.

“The information has gone into the schools provincially,” added Kardynal.

He said officially Holodomor continues to be recognized on the third Saturday in November each year as a time of special remembrance in Ukrainian history.

Last year the Holodomor National Awareness Tour visited North Battleford Comprehensive High School to raise awareness about the 1930s Holodomor genocide in Ukraine.


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