Order this film for home use
Order this film for educational use
Vlast (My Homeland): The Jiraneks In Canada
Director Tom Radford
Michael and Renata Jiranek came to Alberta in 1968 with their
young sons, Martin and Alex to escape the Soviet invasion of their
Czech homeland. Their dream was to coach figure skating. Within ten
years they had taken Kurt Browning, from the small town of Caroline,
and turned him into a national figure skating champion.
Richard: Painter of the North
Director Jean-François Monette
In 1909 René Richard arrived in Montreal from Switzerland.
He was 14. His family moved West to farm in Alberta, and within a
few years he began a series of adventures to the "great white
north", where he began to paint the beauty he saw. He was awarded
the Order of Canada.
Born in Malta, in 1898, John Giordmaine immigrated to Canada in
1919 and found work as an electrician at a Toronto meat packing
company. Giordmaine soon started entertaining his co-workers with
stories from Malta, songs on his flute and magic tricks. An amusing
pastime soon became a full-time career.
Director Eli Gorn
Leonard Frank came to Canada in 1892 and settled in Port Alberni
on Vancouver Island and had success as a small businessman and prospector.
Overwhelmed by the beauty and grandeur of his new homeland, he started
carrying a camera with him into the back country. Leonard Frank became
one of Canadas greatest photographers.
Man: The Father Salamis Story
Director Stavros Stavrides
A young man left Greece in 1914, bound for Vancouver. There
he worked as a waiter and became an accountant, and travelled to Ontario
and Quebec, offering his services to early Greek immigrants. Later,
he returned to Greece and studied for the priesthood. He came back
to Canada in the 1930s to become a parish priest. Still alive
today at 102 years of age, Father Salamis is a legend in the Greek
of Souls: Rev. William White
Director Fern Levitt
Captain Reverend Dr. William Andrew White was born in Virginia
in 1974, the son of ex-slaves. He came to Nova Scotia in 1900 to study
theology at Acadia University. He was the first black student there.
White was ordained as a minister in 1906. He married Izie Dora White
and together they had 12 talented children. When WW1 broke out he
enlisted in a segregated battalion and became the only black chaplain
and only black officer in the British Army. The rest of his life was
spent serving his church, family and community.
Glowing Dream: The Story of Jacob & Rose Penner
Director Cathy Gulkin
Jacob Penner, a Mennonite, emigrated from Russia to Canada in 1904
because his involvement in revolutionary politics was becoming increasingly
dangerous. Rose (Shepak) Penner, a Jew from Odessa, emigrated to Winnipeg
around 1900 escaping poverty and the pogroms. Rose met Jacob in 1910.
The couple devoted their lives to socialist politics. Jacob was one
of the organizers of the Winnipeg General Strike.
Act of Grace
Director Sylvia Sweeney
Grace Bagnato was an atypical immigrant. But, then again, she
was an atypical woman. She was a pioneer, a social activist, an
amateur politician and perhaps one of the most influential people
in the city of Toronto in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Like so many
Canadians, who have made significant contributions to their communities,
she remains largely uncelebrated.
Reluctant Politician: The Story of Irene Parlby
May 31 2002, 7:30am Eastern - VisionTV
Friday May 31 2002, 10:30pm Eastern -
Sunday June 2 2002, 6:30am Eastern
Director David Adkin
The story of Irene Parlby, born in London, England in 1868. Beautiful
and intelligent, Irene seemed an unlikely immigrant to the rugged
frontier of the Canadian Northwest. Parlby became a leading voice
for farm women in Alberta from 1915 1935 and one of the "Famous
Five" who led the fight for women to be recognized as "persons"
Sephardic Journey: Sally Lévy
From Morocco to Montréal
Friday June 7 2002, 7:30am Eastern
Director Don Winkler
For 30 years, Sally Lévy has been a mainstay of the Sephardic
Jewish community in Montreal. He came here from Morocco with is wife
and young family in the late 60s, and since then, as teacher, dramatist,
singer and song-collector, stand-up comic, and radio host, he has
been a passionate advocate for the Sephardic community and its traditions,
while casting an affectionately ironic eye on its foibles and idiosyncracies.
The Faith of Lajos Nagy
Friday June 14 2002, 7:30am Eastern
Director Stephen Onda
In the late 1880s, western Canada had vast stretches of
land which needed settlement. In 1889 Lajos Nagy and his family arrived
to live in the settlement of Kaposvar as part of the first Hungarian
colony in North America. Although the soil was fertile, the climate
and isolation tested their endurance. Deep religious faith softened
the hardship, but they had no church. Lajos Nagy played a key role
in erecting the first cathedral with the very stones they tilled from
of Hearts: Dreams of a Shepherd Boy
Friday June 21 2002, 7:30am Eastern - VisionTV
Director Lindalee Tracey
Tofy Mussivand was a young man when he fled the Shahs Iran in
1957. After studying engineering and working across Canada, Dr. Mussivand
left to pursue medicine and biomedical engineering in the United States.
Bringing back extraordinary expertise, he settled in Ottawa, where
his knowledge pushed the frontier of heart transplants and made the
city an unlikely centre of world class heart technology and research.
Highly skilled and personally drive, Dr. Mussivand invented an artificial
heart that may well revolutionize the success rate of transplants.
Kingdom: Nicholas Austin, Quaker Pioneer
Friday June 28 2002, 7:30am Eastern - VisionTV
Director Martin Duckworth
It is not generally known that many of the refugees from the American
Revolution, generally referred to as the United Empire Loyalists,
represented the one-third of the American population who had tried
to remain neutral in the conflict. Pacifist Quaker Nicholas Austin
was one such neutralist. He led a group to found a settlement around
Lake Memphremagog in Québec called Gibraltar Point where they
could avoid harassment by Loyalists and others. The village of Austin
and a spirit of ethnic peace are his legacy.
Season Two Episodes...
Season Four Episodes...