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Pamiat, Memory of Ancestors

Pamiat, Memory of Ancestors
1981, director: Harvey Spak

Film (30:40)


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> Prairie provinces | Religion | Memories | European Canadians | Psychological aspects | Ukrainian Canadians

  Description     The film  
Pamiat chronicles the personal myths of Harvey Spak, a western Canadian filmmaker. He is the grandchild of early settlers who left the steppes of eastern Europe to find a new home on the northern plains. The film depicts the journey of a man who moves from a rural Ukrainian community to a French religious order in Saskatchewan's Qu'Appelle Valley. Like his Ukrainian ancestors before him, "who left old world tyrannies," the protagonist anticipates the downfall of his familiar surroundings and chooses to leave the order.