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Laughter in My Soul

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Living in Winnipeg, cartoonist, painter, humorist, publisher, iconographer, and teacher, Jacob Maydanyk was part of the first wave of Ukrainian immigrants who arrived in Canada between 1896-1914 and settled primarily in the Prairies. But his is not a typical immigrant's story, for the comic strip character he created, "Shteef Tabachniuk," became a folk hero among the Ukrainian immigrants. Laughter in My Soul, intercut with live action, rare archival film and photographs, is not only a testament to the dignity and heroism of those early pioneers, but also a tribute to those whose spirit lives on, to those who had laughter in their souls.

1983, 27 min 50 s