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
The Executive Board of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) on July 12 announced that Manor College has been accepted as a member organization of the UCCA National Council. The highest ruling body between UCCA’s quadrennial conventions, the National Council comprises over 20 national Ukrainian American organizations. On June 15, members of the UCCA National Council gathered for their biannual meeting to develop and approve the UCCA’s plans of action and activities of its Executive Board. Presided over by National Council Chair Stefan Kaczaraj, who is president of the Ukrainian National Association, the meeting of representatives of Ukrainian American organizations and local UCCA chapters heard reports from various Executive Board members and committee Chairs. The highpoint of the afternoon was when, on the recommendation of the UCCA’s Membership Committee, which is authorized and required to review each applicant for membership, the National Council unanimously voted to admit Manor College as its newest member organization. Founded in 1947, Manor College is a private, Catholic, co-educational, independent institution of higher learning founded by the Ukrainian Sisters of St. Basil the Great. Originally chartered as a junior college, today’s Manor College offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, reflecting its growth, expansion and place in the Philadelphia suburban community. As an institution of higher learning with ties to the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Manor is committed to preserving its spiritual and ethnic heritage and believes that personalized education in the Judeo-Christian tradition generates a commitment to a peaceful world, which inspires confidence in the present and hope for the future. “As UCCA continues to work towards unifying the Ukrainian-American community, I am delighted to welcome Manor College as our newest member organization, and look forward to their active involvement and to the many contributions they will make,” said UCCA President Andriy Futey. “I would also like to thank UCCA’s Philadelphia Branch for its leadership in working with Manor College. It is a prime example of how in working together we can wield much more influence on the political process in the United States, and have a greater ability to assist our vibrant community and our brethren in Ukraine,” Mr. Futey added. Reposted from The Ukrainian Weekly
On October 4, 2018, Manor College is holding a commemoration for the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor, the man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine from 1932 -1933 that killed millions of Ukrainians. The remembrance will be held in the Ukrainian Heritage Museum at Manor College at 1:00 pm. This event is open to the community. Chrystyna Prokopovych, Curator of the Ukrainian Heritage Museum, stated, “On the 85 days leading up to International Holodomor Memorial Day on November 24 2018, a candle will be lit daily in a different part of the world uniting Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine in remembrance of the innocent victims of the genocidal policy of the Stalin regime, while raising awareness of the issues of human rights, respect and tolerance.” Manor College strives to foster appreciation for its Ukrainian heritage and culture; The College was established in 1947 by the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great, Jesus Lover of Humanity Province, a Byzantine Ukrainian order of the Eastern rite. Manor College wants to reverently acknowledge those that were affected by the Holodomor.