When “That Never Happened: Canada’s First National Internment Operations” opened, I was transported. It was as if I was a character in the story. I felt the joy and anticipation of coming to a new land and of having my own land. I felt the misery and sorrow and oppression of the men who were unable to find work. I felt the horror and sorrow in depravity and anxiety of the families who were separated from the men interned. And as a person of colour, I thought that these aren’t black people, these aren’t brown people, these aren’t yellow people, and these aren’t Red people. This is white on white. And I thought, The children in our school system need to see this so that people of colour can understand if they don’t already know, that it doesn’t just happen to them. That this happens around the world and that it is a story that needs to be told. We live in a great country. This is a story that needed to be told, to know that we can do it too. We can make mistakes. And to hope that it never ever, ever happens again. I was deeply moved. I applaud Ryan Boyko and his production team, from camera and sound all around. I love reading books and I love a good story. To me this was a fantastic story. And it’s one that I hope to see again and again, it’s one that I could watch 5 episodes of or 5 seasons of because it’s a story that needs to be told, even in deeper detail. I was moved, I was overjoyed, tears silently rolled down my cheeks as I saw how man kind, How man can treat man and women and they wondered “What did I do. I thought I was a citizen”... Eugene Clark . . . Toronto
That Never Happened had its Saskatoon premiere to a packed house on a bitterly cold evening . This profoundly moving documentary about the internment camps in Canada during the first world war traces this largely unknown story through the use of extensive archival material and interviews with the descendants of the survivors and their extended families . It takes great courage to tell these stories , and great sensitivity to respectfully share them with a larger audience .This film is a powerful educational tool , and it is my hope that this dark chapter of Canadian Ukrainian history will enter the curriculum of our schools. Brilliant work from a young director !