The Recollections of the Finnish War Veterans in Vancouver
CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19: Screening Sunday April 26, 2020 at the Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby
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.
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
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