Manor College to Host Community Screening of Baba Babee Skazala Documentary

This October 16, Manor College will host a free community screening of Baba Babee Skazala (Grandmother Told Grandmother), an award-winning documentary that brings to light the stories of what happened to Ukrainian children caught in the throes of WWII. The Manor screening of the documentary will be followed by a Q&A session with the director, Matej Silecky. Manor College is excited to host this event and help connect the larger local community to Ukrainian culture and history. Baba Babee Skazala, a documentary film by first-time filmmaker, Matej Silecky, tells the little-known story of Ukrainian children torn from their homes in the crush between the Nazi and Soviet fronts in World War II. Spending their childhood as refugees in Europe, these inspiring individuals later immigrated to the United States, creating new homes and communities through their grit, faith and deep belief in the importance of preserving culture.  This film is the culmination of over 35 oral history interviews uncovering the experiences of these survivors, and includes historical context commentary by renowned expert, Rutgers University professor, Dr. Alexander Motyl. It also includes previously unseen archival materials from the National Film Archives in Ukraine as well as material from the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute collection. Baba Babee Skazala premiered in Fall 2018, as an Official Selection of the 37th New Jersey International Film Festival, where it earned Honorable Mention, Documentary Feature. Since its festival premiere, Baba Babee Skazala was an Official Selection of VisionFest 2018, where it received the Independent Vision Award, Documentary Film, and of the Lift-Off Documentary Filmmaker Showcase Online 2019. The film’s United Kingdom and Paris, France festival premieres were as Official Selections of the 2019 Swindon Independent Film Festival and the 2019 Ethnografilm Festival. Baba Babee Skazala will have its New York Festival Premiere in August 2019 as an Official Selection of the Festival of Cinema NYC.  Date: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 Time: 6pm reception, 6:30pm screening Where: Manor College Basileiad Library Cost: Free event, free parking! Register Now

St. Nicholas’ Feast Day: An Ukrainian Tradition Alive and Well at Manor College

Manor College will celebrate the feast of Saint Nicholas this Thursday, December 6, 2018. The liturgy, conducted by Monsignor Peter D. Waslo, will begin at 12:15 pm at the Mother of Perpetual Help Hall Chapel, and St. Nicholas will start making his rounds around 1pm, bringing treats to classrooms and offices around campus. Celebrating the feast of Saint Nicholas has long been a tradition in Ukraine, where it is often called “the Magic Night.” Children wait for St. Nicholas to place a present beneath their pillows as they sleep. Chrystyna Prokopovych, curator of the Ukrainian Heritage Museum at Manor College, grew up in a Ukrainian-American household. Explains Prokopovych: “Waiting for St. Nicholas was the biggest thing as a child.” Unlike in America, Ukrainians make a clear distinction between St. Nicholas and Santa Claus, and St. Nicholas’ Feast Day is the traditional day of gifting in Ukrainian culture, rather than Christmas. But who is St. Nicholas? Born in  270 A.D., he became the Bishop of Myra, legendary for his kindness and for leaving secret gifts for those in need. He was also an important Christian theological figure when it came to affirming that God the Son and God the Father are the same being. As the patron saint of children, merchants, brewers and more, St. Nicholas’ legacy became more and more celebrated over the centuries. At Manor College, the St. Nicholas tradition is kept alive each year, with faculty, staff and students all looking forward to the festive event—and the opportunity to get a look at St. Nicholas as he makes his rounds. What makes Manor’s celebration unique? Monsignor Waslo explains that, due to its unique heritage, “Manor’s probably the only college in the country that takes part [in the feast of St. Nicholas]. The Sisters started it way back, and kept it going as a tradition.” And as a tip from the Campus Ministry: the special buzzword for the day is “Homoousios.” Figure out what it means and receive a gold coin from St. Nicholas!