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John Paskievich


John Paskievich (born 1948) is a Ukrainian-Canadian documentary filmmaker and photographer from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Paskievich’s 2006 National Film Board of Canada documentary Unspeakable explores stuttering. Paskievich himself stutters and he narrates and participates in the film, which won a special jury prize at the 2006 Whistler Film Festival.

His other directorial credits include My Mother’s Village, in which Paskievich delves into the experience of other Ukrainian-Canadians, The Gypsies of Svinia, If Only I Were an Indian and the Genie Award-winning short film Ted Baryluk’s Grocery.

Born in Austria, Paskievich emigrated to Canada at the age of five. He studied at the University of Winnipeg and Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto. An accomplished stills photographer as well as filmmaker, his photographs have been exhibited at prestigious galleries and museums across Canada.

His photographs have also been published in four books: A Place Not Our Own, Waiting for the Ice Cream Man… A Prison Journal, Urban Indians and A Voiceless Song.

In October 2007, Paskievich’s first book, The North End: Photographs by John Paskievich, was published.

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