Under the Red Star is a fascinating docudrama about the cultural and political ferment centred around Port Arthur's Finnish Labour Temple.
The film chronicles the story of the Finnish immigrants who built Canada's largest labour hall and used it as the centre of their activities. The courage of these newcomers in the face of government and police crackdowns helped shape Canadian labour history.
Under the Red Star melds fictionalized scenes with archival footage and photos to vividly recreate the lives and passions of these early twentieth-century activists. The film was shot in Thunder Bay with more than 200 local extras. Kelly Saxberg was also the director of the 2004 documentary Letters from Karelia.
See the promotional video on http://vimeo.com/29157454
Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm
Unfortunately, the Director will be unable to be present at the screening as previously advertised.
The Scandinavian Centre
6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby
Admission by donation. Refreshments