Moving Images Distribution is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded and occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples - xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations - commonly known as Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Our roots lie within the independent film and video community. During the 1970s, a group of talented filmmakers began developing ways to increase the profile of their work. Their vision resulted in the formation of Canadian Filmmakers Distribution West which changed its name to Moving Images Distribution in 1994. Since our beginnings in 1979, we've worked to connect audiences with innovative works by some of Canada's internationally acclaimed media artists working in experimental, documentary, animation, short fiction and personal narrative.
(2015, 30 minutes)
Twenty-five Ukrainian Canadians tell their stories of survival during the Holodomor--death inflicted by starvation--a genocide of Ukrainian people engineered by Joseph Stalin during 1932 and 1933. Stalin was determined to suppress Ukrainian nationhood once and for all through the decimation of Ukraine's elites and its rural population. He imposed collectivization and sent brigades house to house to confiscate not only grain harvest but basic foodstuffs, ensuring the starvation of the countryside. The world turned a blind eye as Soviet authorities exported Ukraine's wheat to the West while millions of men, women and children perished. Most of the survivors in the film endured this atrocity as children. Many were orphaned, some lost their whole families. Through compelling eyewitness accounts, the film brings into focus a pivotal and little-known period in history, the consequences of which continues to reverberate today.
HOLODOMOR: Voices of Survivors (in spoken Ukrainian with voiceover in English)
Ukrainian Canadians recall childhood memories of the Holodomor, an engineered famine under the rule of Joseph Stalin. Soviet soldiers methodically removed all food to ensure starvation of millions of Ukrainians while exporting bumper crops of wheat to the rest of the world. For years the media de...