Soul Communion

Soul Communion

Release date:

1998

Running time:

53 minutes

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Available on DVD

Closed Captioned:

Yes

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In 1899, seven thousand Doukhobors, members of a pacifist Christian sect, left Russia for Canada to escape persecution for their beliefs. Their history in Canada, marked by attempts to forcibly assimilate them into mainstream society, has been filled with conflict and adversity. Although their unique communal way of life has all but vanished today, the Doukhobors maintain a strong cultural identity and vision.

Soul Communion looks at the lives and work of five Doukhobor artists and the ways in which they have chosen to express their heritage and customs. Art, story and poetry reveal the beauty, simplicity, sorrow and honest labour of these people. Filmed on location in Doukhobor communities in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, the video features artists and writers Polly Faminow, Jan Kabatoff, Eli Popoff, Kathryn Soloveoff Robbie and Vi Plotnikoff.

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