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The Camps - Season 1 - Episode 1 of 17 - Mara Lake

Internee Descendant Andrea Malysh retraces the steps of internees at the Mara Lake Internment Camp near Vernon, BC.

Actor and Activist Ryan Boyko founded Armistice Films in October of 2010. The film company began as a direct result of Mr. Boyko’s passion to tell the story of Canada’s first national internment operations through the power of cinema. It is a story of those lured to Canada by the false promise of a dream - hated when they arrived, turned into prisoners and slaves in the prime of their lives, in a country that promised them a chance, yet never told the story of their affliction. It is a subject struck from Canadian history books in the early 1950s.

The name Armistice represents a cease-fire, the end of war and a coming together with common understanding. It comes from Ryan Boyko’s vision and mandate of commemoration. It is important to honour those who have come before and to commemorate their memory in a significant way.

All of the Projects created by Armistice Films and currently under development by Armistice Films share this common theme of peace and understanding through stories that are difficult and often unsettling, yet must be told in an effort to remember, reconcile and heal.

Since its founding, Armistice Films has been commissioned to create several independent film projects for various organizations, including The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko and 2 projects for the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Armistice Films recently produced “The Camps”, a documentary series which visits all known internment sites across Canada, and will be released every Thursday beginning September 8th 2016 at 1pm EST on the Armistice Films Youtube Channel.

The company is currently in high gear, financing Enemy Aliens. Armistice Films is the first Canadian company to receive funding directly from Ukraine through a contribution of 1.5 million Canadian from the Ukrainian State Film Agency. Armistice Films is working to raise an additional 3.8 Million CAD to begin filming Enemy Aliens this year. The making of this film will honour the trials and sacrifice of thousands of Ukrainians, Poles, Italians, Bulgarians, Croatians, Turks, Serbians, Hungarians, Russians, Jews, Slovaks, Slovenes, Czechs and Romanians whose home country was under the Austro-Hungarian Empire's rule. Their freedom was stripped and they were forced into work camps. Many lost everything between the years 1914 - 1920.

To learn how you can give financial assistance to the making of this movie, please contact Ryan directly at ryan@armisticefilms.com or by phone at 647.294.2741

It is now the site of a high school, but a Vernon field was once a place of hardship for hundreds of people. From 1914-20, McDonald Field, next to WL Seaton Secondary School, was an internment camp during the First World War for men, women and children mostly of Ukrainian descent.

Enemy Aliens - The Movie

Armistice Films Inc.
A feature film about Canada's First National Internment Operations

Betrayal, love, injustice, hope and survival against all odds

Happy to announce That Never Happened has won It’s First 3 Awards.

Spotlight Documentary Film Awards - Silver Award for Best Documentary

Regina International Film Festival And Awards - Best Investigative Documentary

Bay Street Film Festival - People’s Choice Award

The Camps - Season 1 - Episode 10 of 17 - Yoho National Park

Bradley Bischoff retraces the steps of internees in Yoho National Park and recounts his time as a Parks Canada Park Warden, which inspired the song Ghosts in the Trees.

The Camps - Season 1 - Episode 9 - Mt. Revelstoke

Museum Curator Cathy English tells the story of Mt. Revelstoke Internment Camp in British Columbia. The site is carefully protected by Parks Canada.
It was 98 years ago this week the First World War internment camp in Morrissey, B.C. closed and it is the focus of the seventh short documentary on a dark chapter in the province's history.

Morrissey

Archeologist Sarah Beaulieu researches the cemetery in Morrissey where internees were buried during the internment operations.

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.

Enemy Aliens (2016)

1913. The Austro Hungarian Empire is rapidly encroaching upon Western Ukraine. Brothers, Ruslan and Vasil Kotelko leave everything in search of the Canadian dream. Their hopes are shattered when they are caught up in the injustice of the War Measures Act.
With Andrea Malysh, Terry Mialkowsky. Between 1914 and 1920 over 8000 people were wrongfully Imprisoned in Canada. Almost forgotten, "The Camps" honors the memory of these men women and children and finally tells their story.

"The Camps"

32 episode web series on Canada's First National Internment Operations

Thirty Two episode web series on Canada's First National Internment Operations

The Camps - Season 1 - Episode 3 of 17 - Brandon

Chief of Police Ian Grant has built a 36-year career protecting civil rights and the safety of civilians. The Brandon Police Services building now stands on the site where hundreds of innocent men were interned.

The Camps - Season 1 - Episode 4 of 17 - Lethbridge

Bill Szabon explores the Lethbridge internment site. His grandfather was one of the Hungarians wrongfully imprisoned in Canada during WW1. Featuring: Bill Szabon, Internee Descendant.