THE HELM OF DESTINY
USA / 1982 / 58'
Director and producer: Slavko Nowytski
Writers: Lance S. Bellville, Slavko Nowytski
Photography: Thomas E. Ramsay, Slavko Nowytski
Editing: Slavko Nowytski
Narration: Jack Palance
Slavko Nowytski' The Helm of Destiny was commissioned by the Ukrainian National Association in the US. This cinematic journey in time and space is aiming to research the history of Ukrainian emigration to the United States, and to highlight the active members of the Ukrainian community. Following a brief historical introduction, we get to see an impressive gallery of Ukrainians of different professions – from a farmer to a spacecraft engineer – speaking out about their life experience, their roots, and their take on self-identification. Among the personalities featured in the film, there are famous artists, such as Jacques Hnizdovsky, and a celebrated American actor of Ukrainian decent Jack Palance, who is also narrating the picture.
The screening of this film at the festival is not just a dedication to Slavko Nowytski, who unfortunately passed away in November 2019, but as well to all Ukrainian-American film enthusiasts who in the course of decades were creating cultural diplomacy by means of cinema.
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