Documentary filmmaker Stephen Onda is a second generation Canadian. His grandfather, John Onda, emigrated to Canada and the Kaposvar, Saskatchewan, area in 1921. Stephen's father, Edward Onda, maintained the Hungarian language and worked as a translator for the next wave of Hungarian immigrants who found refuge in Canada when Russia took control of Hungary in the 1950s. Stephen's family grew up on a farm, working the land that his grandfather had opened up as a homesteader.
Stephen Onda has been producing and directing documentary programs for 14 years. His work has appeared on CBC, Global, CTV, SCN and History Television. This body of documentary work includes a wide variety of topics from inner city Native youth (Theatre for Change) to the current Family Farm crisis (Betting the Farm).