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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 ($35) and PAL and NTSC DVD’s and Blu-rays ($20) will be for sale at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Scandinavian Community Centre (6540 Burnaby, BC) on Saturday and Sunday June 18th and 19th at the Vancouver Finlandia Club table in the Finnish tent.

UPCOMING SCREENINGS:

Ishpeming Michigan, USA September 24, 2016. US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum (610 Palms Avenue, Ishpeming, Michigan 49849)
The U.P. Chapter of League of Finnish American Societies, Finland Foundation Affiliate will host its Fall get-together at the U.S National Ski Hall of Fame in Ishpeming Michigan on September 24, 2016. Jim Kippola , Chapter spokesperson for the event announced they will be hosting an exhibit of Finnish WWII memorabilia from key Midwest collectors and as a feature event will screen the recent Canadian Documentary “From the Front to the West Coast.”
There is no charge for attending the event, although free will donations will be accepted at the Coffee and Pulla refreshments table! The Chapter’s event follows a weekend of festivities at the USSHOF on the 16th of September 2016 at which time inductees will be enshrined at the museum as well as a Ski Jumpers reunion.
For further information you may email Jim at jkippola@up.net.

 

Seattle, USA: Swedish Cultural Center (1920 Dexter Ave. N. Seattle) Wednesday September 28th, 2016, 7.30pm and
Friday September 30th, 2016, 2pm

Director Satu Bell will attend the September 28 screening to talk about the making of the film.
Presented by Finlandia Foundation Seattle Chapter

 

English Books ($35) and PAL and NTSC DVD’s and Blu-rays ($20) will be for sale at a limited time only. Please contact us through this website, if you’d like to buy a copy.

Screening History

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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