By Joe Veyera
The Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) will host a documentary screening next Thursday evening, chronicling the lives of Finnish World War II veterans who fought the Russians and then the Germans before leaving their homeland to start new lives in Canada.
Sponsored by the Vancouver Finlandia Club, the screening starts at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a question and answer session and reception with the filmmakers.
The documentary, directed and produced in British Columbia, features the WWII veterans telling their own stories over six decades after fighting and leaving. As described on the website of the film’s director and producer, Satu Bell:
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.
For more information on the screening, or to RSVP, click here, or call 206.789.5707 ext. 10. A $5 donation is suggested.
Click on the video below to watch the documentary’s trailer.