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Toronto, ON Ė Two feature presentations addressing the immigrant experiences of Ukrainian Canadians will be highlighted on September 15 and 16 in the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival Film Festival.

My Motherís Village (2001), a documentary by acclaimed Winnipeg-based Canadian Ukrainian filmmaker John Paskievich, draws on the personal experiences of many prominent Canadian Ukrainians as it explores how children of refugees and immigrants are caught between two worlds.

Acts of Imagination (2006), a feature film by Vancouver-based filmmakers Carolyn Combs and Michael Springate, closes the festival. It portrays two young Ukrainian immigrants in Vancouverís east side as they struggle to adapt to a new country and to make sense of a past that remains a disturbing mystery.

Also included in this yearís screenings are two films that are widely recognized by audiences and critics alike as timeless masterpieces of Ukrainian folk cinema - Serhiy Paradganovís Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964) and Borys Ivchenkoís Propala Hramota (The Lost Letter) (1972).

An award-winning documentary of US filmmakers Oleg Timofeyev and Sabine I. Golz, Mrii pro Mynule (Dreaming Up the Past: Early Music in Ukraine) (2011) skillfully explores the traditions of Ukrainian music-making that give contemporary reconstructions of old music a different and unique flavour. And finally, the theme of music as a living tradition is addressed in two short films by young Canadian filmmakers. Justin Friesenís outstanding documentary Letís Make Lemonade (2012) features the Lemon Bucket Orkestra that was formed in 2010. It offers insightful glimpses into what makes this one-of-a-kind energetic Klezmer style band tick. Mark Marchykís Marichka (2012) is a pensive yet delightful short film that deftly blends poetry and music in a series of vignettes in the city.

The Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival Film Festival is chaired by Olga Klymenko with the assistance of Genya Woloshyn and has come together through a collaboration of the National Film Board of Canada (Toronto), Dovzhenko National Film Studio (Ukraine), The Commercial Drive Productions (Vancouver) and Toronto Public Library, Runnymede Branch. The films will be screened on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 in the Runnymede Branch of Toronto Public Library located at 2178 Bloor St. West (just east of Runnymede Rd.).

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