“Family Portrait in Black and White”, documentary film that tells the story of the most unusual family in the Ukraine, is the Winner of Hot Docs Film Festival 2011 and a nominee for Genie Award for Best Canadian Documentary with the ceremony taking place on March 8th in Toronto. It is the first film in many years that brought the Ukraine to the broad international audience and won the hearts of people at the festivals all over the world – from Korea to Bermuda, from Mumbai to Whitehorse.
The complexity of the central figure of the film, Olga Nenya, who was raised by the Soviet regime and believes in communal responsibility over individual freedom, is the reason for the film’s magnetism.
Olga does not see color or creed of her foster children most of whom are bi-racial, results of amorous relationships between local Ukrainian girls and African students. The documentary was filmed during three turbulent years that see Olga’s brood of seventeen foster children grow into rambunctious teenagers.
The music score features the most beloved traditional Ukrainian folk songs performed by the Sichons – father and daughter duet from Mission, B.C.
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