Original title: Jajo’s Secret
Copyright: Guerrilla Films Inc., 2009.
Format: feature documentary
Length: 48 min.
Original language: English
English subtitles: yes
Director: James E. Motluk
Script writer: James E. Motluk
Producer: James E. Motluk
Cinematographer: Lance Carlson
Picture editor: Jack McLuskie
Original music score: Tad Winklarz
Camera operators: Mimi Delarouche, Stanley Fischer
Location sound: E. J. Tulmok
Researcher: Alison Hearn
In 1914, Canada was at war. The Public was gripped with a fear that terrorists might be lurking among the recent wave of Ukrainian immigrants. To deal with this perceived threat, the government of Sir Robert Borden introduced The War Measures Act and rounded up thousands of Ukrainians, sending them to 24 concentration camps across the country. As the war dragged on, many prisoners were paroled and forced to work without pay for some of Canada's most profitable companies. In the years that followed, the Canadian government tried to forget what happened.
This riveting documentary tells the story of how filmmaker James Motluk discovered that his Jajo (grandfather) was one of these parolees. “A few years after my Jajo passed away, we came across a mysterious document,” explains writer and director, James Motluk. “It was a certificate of parole he had been issued by the Sault Ste. Marie Police in 1918. No one seemed to know anything about it.” The story begins with this discovery and goes on to trace Motluk’s personal journey as he investigates how his grandfather came to be paroled. The movie contains a treasure trove of rare photos, government documents and period newspaper articles that help to shed light on the internment.
Official website: http://www.guerrillafilms.com/jajos_secret.html