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The Recollections of the Finnish War Veterans in Vancouver

 A documentary about the Finnish Second World War Veterans, who, for some at a very young age, first fought the Russians and then the Germans. Yet, after the war, they left the country they so fiercely defended to start a new life in Canada. The veterans tell their stories, as they remember them, over six decades later.

The documentary depicts the significance of home during childhood and youth, as well as the significance that wartime experiences continue to hold within a person’s life some 60 years later.

Due to its theme of wars ruining lives, especially young lives, the documentary is of interest to the young and the old, and everyone in between. However, losses also liberate. Therefore, the documentary is looking for an answer as to why the veterans left Finland. Was it because of the war? The answers are varied and surprising. Even though the subject matter is war, humour has not been forgotten.

Click Here to View Film Trailer

 

English Books ($30) and PAL and NTSC DVD’s and Blu-rays ($20) can be bought at the Scandinavian Community Centre (6540 Burnaby, BC).

You can also contact us through this website, if you’d like to buy a copy.

Screening History

November 20th, 2016 at Meie Kodu, Vancouver Estonian Society, Vancouver, B.C, Canada

September 28th and September 30th, 2016,  Swedish Cultural Center Seattle USA

September 24, 2016 US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum, Ishpeming Michigan, USA

November 12, 2015 West Vancouver Yacht Club, West Vancouver, BC, Canada

November 7, 2015 Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, Portland, Oregon, USA

March 13, 2015 Elokuvateatteri Star, Oulu, Finland

January 21, 2015 Scandinavian Community Centre, Burnaby, BC, Canada

December 1, 2014 SWEDISH PREMIERE, Suomi-Seura, Luleå, Sweden

September 19, 2014 Scandinavian Community Centre, Burnaby, BC, Canada

August 7, 2014 US PREMIERE, Nordic Museum, Seattle, USA

April 25, 2014 Siirtolaisuusinstituutti, Institute of Migration, Turku, Finland

April 24, 2014 FINNISH PREMIERE Siirtolaisuusinstituutti, Institute of Migration, Turku, Finland

March 9, 2014 WORLD/CANADIAN PREMIERE Blueshore Financial Theatre for the Performing Arts, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Previews:

October 10, 2012 Veterans and Families only, Scandinavian Community Centre, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Dec 6, 2011 Finland’s Independence Day Dinner and Reception, Scandinavian Community Centre, Burnaby, BC, Canada

July 29, 2011 FinnWest: Finnish Canadian Grand Festival, Nikkei Centre, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Dec 6, 2010 Finland’s Independence Day Dinner and Reception, Scandinavian Community Centre, Burnaby, BC, Canada

 

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