Category Archives: 2015 Past Events

Ukrainian Cinema Classics

Award-winning, newly restored and digitalized films

introduced by Prof. Myroslav Shkandrij (University of Manitoba)

Ukrainian Cinema Classics

Holy Family Home, 165 Aberdeen Ave (corner of Main Street and Aberdeen)

Thursdays at 7.00 pm, January 15 to April 2

Dovzhenko’s Legacy

January 15 Dovzhenko, Arsenal (Arsenal, 1929) A classic of the silent cinema by one of the greatest directors of all time, it deals with the revolution of 1917 and ensuing civil war in Ukraine.

January 22 Dovzhenko, Earth (Zemlia, 1930) Dovzhenko’s masterpiece. It depicts a village on the eve of collectivization, but at a deeper level this is a poem to the eternally recurring cycle of life, death and rebirth.

January 29 Andrii Donchyk, Downfall of the Deities (Zahybel bohiv, 1988) Based on notes Dovzhenko made for a screenplay, the film examines a controversy about icons in a church for which local villagers served as models.


Experimental Cinema of the 1920s

February 5 Heorhii Tasin, Night Coachman (Nichnyi viznyk) This early classic of popular silent cinema depicts a coachman who develops sympathy for the revolution.

February 12 Dziga Vertov, Man with a Movie Camera (Cholovik z kinoaparatom, 1929) One of the world’s great experimental films, this documentary shows a day in the life of a city, with revealing contemporary footage from Kyiv, Odesa and Moscow.

February 26 Dziga Vertov’s Enthusiasm (Entuziazm, 1930) Subtitled “Symphony of the Donbas,” this was the first Ukrainian sound film. Made on the eve of industrialization, it reflects hopes for the country’s transformation.

Revival of the Sixties and Seventies

March 5 Serhii Paradzhanov, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Tini zabutykh predkiv, 1964) The film that started the rebirth of Ukrainian cinema and launched the careers of several great actors. Based on Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky’s classic story, it describes the love of Ivanko and Marichka, and the life of Hutsuls in the Carpathian mountains.

March 12 Yurii Illienko, The White Bird with a Black Mark (Bilyi Ptakh z Chornoiu Oznakoiu, 1972) Memorable for its recreation of local traditions in the Carpathian mountains, when it first appeared this film caused controversy because it showed the hard choices villagers had to make during the Second World War.

March 19 Leonid Osyka, The Stone Cross (Kaminnyi Khrest, 1968) Beautifully-filmed and based on the works of Vasyl Stefanyk, this classic of the sixties shows a family in Western Ukraine as they prepare to emigrate to Canada.


New Cinema

March 26 Oles Sanin, Mamai (Mamai, 2004) A recreation of an ancient duma or folk epic, it deals with Cossacks struggles against invaders in the steppes of southern Ukraine, and the complex identity resulted from these conflicts.

April 2 Serhii Bukovsky, Nazvy svoie imia (Call Your Name, 2006) Praised by Steven Spielberg, this is a sensitive look at how a group of young Ukrainians gather information from eyewitnesses of the Holocaust and try to understand this difficult history.

Admission is free and all are welcome

Ukrainian Cinema Classics

Art Exhibition Commemorating 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Taras Shevchenko


Українська Спілка Образотворчих Мистців Канади ласкаво запрошує Вас на відкриття “Мистецької Виставки присвяченої 200-літтю від Дня Народження Тараса Шевченка”, що відбудеться 22 березня 2015р. о 14: 00 в Осередку Украïнськoï Культури й Освiти, м. Вінніпег’ , Канада.

The Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada cordially invite you to the opening reception of the “Artl Exhibition Commemorating 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Taras Shevchenko” on March 22 th 2015 at 2 pm at Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre,  84 Alexander Avenue East, Winnipeg

The Exhibit continues daily at Oseredok until 24 May, 2015.

Covering or uncovering the truth? Media reporting on the Holodomor

Speakers: Jaroslaw Balan, Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

Dr. Jeremy Maron, CMHR researcher-curator


February 4th, 2015

7:00 to 8:30 pm

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Bonnie & John Buhler Hall

Media coverage has the power to break silence around genocide and mass atrocity,

but can also help cover up the truth.

Join us for a free public event focused on the role of journalists (including those in Canada) who covered the Ukrainian Holodomor famine-genocide in the 1930s — and how these human rights issues continue today.

The event includes a screening of the CMHR film, ”Covering the Holodomor: Memory Eternal” ,a panel discussion, and the first Canadian showing of a new travelling exhibit from the national Holodomor Memorial Museum in Ukraine, courtesy of Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Manitoba Provincial Council.

Presented by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress- Manitoba Provincial Council, Holodomor Awareness and Education Committee.

With special thanks to Ukraine’s National Museum, “The Memorial in Commemoration of Famines’ Victims in Ukraine”.

Rally in Support of Nadiya Savchenko

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Manitoba Provincial Council organized a rally in support of Ukrainian pilot and member of parliament Nadiya Savchenko, who is currently in the fifth week of a hunger strike protesting her illegal detention by Russian authorities.
This event took place on Monday January 26, 2015 in the Manitoba Provincial Legislative Building Rotunda beginning at 6:00 PM.

Follow the links below to see how local Winnipeg media covered the UCC-MPC rally in support of Nadiya Savchenko.

And photographs by Norbert Iwan.
Thanks to everyone who could make it out to the Legislative Building!
Слава Україні!

Manitoba Provincial Legislative Building

6:00 PM

26 January 2015


Конґрес Українців Канади підтримує акцію та заклик від СФУЖО та СКУ на підтримку Надії Савченко.


Як відомо, народний депутат України, Надія Савченко уже п’ятий тиждень голодує, протестуючи своє незаконне утримання в російському СІЗО.  Надія звернулася до українців з проханням вийти на акції підтримки, які відбудуться по світі 26 січня під гаслом “#FreeSavchenko“. 


Закликаємо Вас, долучитися до акцій підтримки, мітингів, демонстрацій у ваших громадах, та бути активними в медіа просторі, створюючи якомога більше розголосу про справу Надії Савченко.




 The Ukrainian Canadian Congress supports the Call for Action issued by the World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations and the Ukrainian World Congress in support of Nadiya Savchenko.


As we all know, Nadyia Savchenko, a Member of Ukraine’s Parliament, is in her fifth week of a hunger strike, in protest of her illegal detention in a Russian jail.  She has appealed to the Ukrainian community to participate in a support campaign to be held worldwide on January 26, under the slogan “#FreeSavchenko”. 

We urge you to demonstrate your support of Nadiya Savchenko by organizing demonstrations, rallies, etc. in you communities, as well as informing your media on this issue in order to create as much publicity as possible in the case of Nadiya Savchenko.

We further ask that you send us pictures and reports on your participation in this extremely vital event.   



The first female military pilot in Ukraine, Nadiya Savchenko (34yrs), was illegally captured on Ukrainian soil in June 2014 by Russian-backed rebels and handed over to Russian forces, who deported her against her will to Russia, where she is jailed.  A Ukrainian MP and a delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), [she] has been on a hunger strike since Dec 13, 2014.  She was recently moved into solitary confinement and is not being passed letters.

Through my protest – my hunger – I wish to achieve common sense from the Russian authorities and an awakening of conscience from the Russian Investigative Committee. There is irrefutable evidence of my lack of involvement and innocence of the crimes they accuse me of.” – Nadiya Savchenko, Jan 12, 2015, an open letter.



Support rallies are scheduled to be held across the world on January 26 to coincide with the opening of the next PACE session, which Savchenko has been formally invited to attend.


Hashtag  #FreeSavchenko on Twitter

Sign a petition in support of Nadia: 


Oseredok Festival of Carols

On January 11, 2015 a Festival of Carols, organizaed by Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre took place at SUkrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga. For photographs of the event, visit Norber K. Iwan’s page on Facebook.

У канадському місті Вінніпег відбувся щорічний фестиваль колядок. Мелодії традиційних колядок, щедрівок та різдвяних народних пісень у виконанні українських хорових колективів лунали під куполом Українського католицького кафедрального собору святих Володимира і Ольги.

Вінніпезький фестиваль колядок був заснований Володимиром Климковим більше двадцяти років тому. Ідея полягала в тому, щоб об’єднати українську громаду і поділитися зі світом багатою спадщиною різдвяної музики. Сьогодні фестиваль колядок є щорічною традицією Вінніпега.

Ukrainian evening

Come out and enjoy a beautiful summer evening – join us to learn more about ancient summer rituals and traditions, an evening of song and dance with Рожаниця / Rozhanytsya .


Kildonan Park – Picnic Site, North Shelter 2B


6:00 – 9:00 PM

Show Starts at 7:00 PM

Motanka (Knot Doll) Making Workshop
6:00 PM
Limited to 15 Registrants
Email to reserve a spot

Event Sponsors:

Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
Verba Ukrainian Dance Company
Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Manitoba Provincial Council
St.Andrew’s College – University of Manitoba

Avramenko and Ukrainian Dance in Canada

Avramenko and Ukrainian Dance in Canada: on at Oseredok now to September 16, 2015. Exhibition catalogue available in Oseredok Boutique, $15.00.
Exhibition presented by the Shevchenko Foundation.

Learn more about Avramenko:

Orest T. Martynowych, The Showman and the Ukrainian Cause. Folk Dance, Film, and the Life of Vasile Avramenko. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2014.

Shortlisted for the 2016 Kobzar Literary Prize. Available in Oseredok Boutique, $27.95.