April 12, 2022
In this episode of AR:T ROUTE Radio Michelle invites artist, actor and filmmaker, Ryan Boyko onto the digital scaffolding to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. Loughery as a internee descendant was featured in an episode of the documentary series “The Camps” and award winning documentary “That Never Happened” that Ryan produced.
The work shines a light on the Canadian Internment of Austro Europeans during World War One. Both artists talk about the fact we are reliving history in the most horrible travesty.
Ryan’s advocacy to get cameras as weapons into the hands of a Ukraine filmmakers is indicative of the passion Ryan has for authentic film making and championing for human rights. The lens of many will be a historic kaleidoscope of the crisis and use of the power of film making to support Ukraine.
As a youth living in Saskatchewan Ryan was not interested in his Ukrainian heritage. A documentary that touched on Ukrainian internment operations in Canada during the First World War that Ryan saw changed that interest.
Struck by what he saw, he asked his 10th-grade history teacher about the internment operations. “You mean the Japanese internment during the Second World War?” the teacher clarified.
“No,” Boyko answered. “I mean the Ukrainian internment during the First World War.”
What his teacher said next stunned Boyko: “That never happened.”
Decades later those words are the title of a the documentary, “That Never Happpened “ directed and co-written by Boyko, that traces the Canadian government’s internment operations between 1914 and 1920.
Boyko is also the Producer if the documentary series on the same subject called “The Camps”.
Loughery and her family’s story are included in both documentaries
The Camps - Season 1 - Episode 2 of 17 - Vernon
Glenda Kohse’s uncle spent the first 6 years of his life behind barbed wire. Award Winning Mural Artist and Art Educator, Michelle Loughery speaks about the importance of Art in remembering history.
That Never Happened: Canada's First National Internment Operations
That Never Happened Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDZ4HnX--hg
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