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Letters from Karelia
2005, director: Kelly Saxberg
Taimi Pitkanen last saw her brother Aate (AH-tay) in a...
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The Enemy Within
2003, director: Eva Colmers
During World War II, a war-ravaged Britain realized it could...
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Open Secrets
2003, director: José Torrealba
This provocative documentary uncovers a lost chapter in...
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Through My Thick Glasses
2003, director: Pjotr Sapegin
An old man tells his granddaughter his personal story of the...
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Rosies of the North
1999, director: Kelly Saxberg
They raised children, baked cakes... and built world-class...
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Unwanted Soldiers
1999, director: Jari Osborne
For filmmaker Jari Osborne, November 11 was as unremarkable...
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Lost Over Burma: Search for Closure
1997, director: Garth Pritchard
During the final days of the Second World War, an RCAF crew...
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Seven Brides for Uncle Sam
1997, director: Anita McGee
Seven Brides for Uncle Sam documents the stories of...
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Unwanted Soldiers
Film  (48:48) 1999, director: Jari Osborne
Description
For filmmaker Jari Osborne, November 11 was as unremarkable a day as the next. Watching her father, Alex Louie, during his annual Remembrance Day ritual, Osborne always thought of him as sentimental. However, in discovering her father's involvement in World War II, she uncovers a legacy of discrimination and politically sanctioned racism against British Columbia's Chinese-Canadian community. Sworn to secrecy for decades, Osborne's father and his war buddies now vividly recall their top-secret missions behind enemy lines in Southeast Asia. Theirs is a tale of young Chinese-Canadian men proudly fighting for a country that had always mistreated them. Told in the voice of a thankful daughter, this multi-layered documentary does more than reveal an important period in Canadian history. It pays moving tribute to a father's quiet heroism.

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