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Chapters And Verses: Action Bill’s Walk Through Life

A young “Action Bill”

This 2017 documentary tells the story of the remarkable life of Wasyl (Bill) Kuryliw, a larger-than-life figure in the Sudbury Ukrainian-Canadian community.

Directed by his daughter, Oksana Kuryliw, and produced by her and her husband, John Leeson, the film has screened in Toronto, Edmonton and Sudbury.

A Ukrainian language version is in the works, and will be ready in 2021.

See this page for more about the film – and Bill.

Audience reaction:

A few comments we’ve received:

  • “A beautifully sensitive film.”
  • “It made me me rethink the meaning of the word ‘success'”.
  • “What a beautiful tribute… A history of a family but also a history of an individual who created and enriched a number of communities.”

See more audience responses to the film on this page.

The film is available on Vimeo here, or watch below. Click the full-screen icon (to left of “vimeo”.) A 4 minute trailer is also available below.



(See bottom of this page for trailer credits)

“Life and Times of Wasyl Kuryliw Come Alive in New Documentary”

Following our April, 2018 screening for the Ukrainian Museum of Toronto, Ontario Branch, the St. Vladimir Institute published an article about the film and screening written by Greg Hamara in their Summer 2018 Newsletter.

Bill & Anna’s  Love Letters

A moving part of the early film concerns the 8-year long “courtship by letter” between Wasyl & his future wife, Anna, still living in their village. Many of those letters  formed a part of the Kule Folklore Centre (University of Alberta) travelling exhibit, “Love Letters From the Past”. Those stories, with much more detail, have now been published in a book and on a website.

Wasyl & Anna’s story has been wonderfully told by Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn . Read it here

Interview with Oksana

Prior to our first screening in September, 2017, Oksana was interviewed by Ron Cahute of Kontakt TV. Portions of the interview were broadcast on Kontakt.

Our screenings

Full house for the April 19 screening at St. Vladimir Institute

To date, we’ve had five screenings in Toronto, one in Edmonton, and two in Sudbury.

Photos and notes from those events (plus a brief video clip of Bill’s salute to “Sudbury – that’s my heart”) on this page.

Trailer Credits

Film Directed by: Oksana Kuryliw
Produced by: Oksana Kuryliw & John Leeson

Music (all used with permission):

“Kalina Nehh Verba”
Traditional, performed by St Nicholas Mandolin Ensemble,
Lawrence Pshyk conductor

“The Parting”
Traditional, arranged by Brian Cherwick & Mykola Kusch
Performed by The Kubasonics

“Ma-Ma’ FC”
Composed by Vincent Segal
Performed by Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal


Sudbury Regional Council Meeting
Used with permission of Eastlink TV

Radio Interview with Bill

From “Memories & Music” on CKSO-FM
Used with permission of Vale Canada Limited and Newcap Radio


Kuryliw family collection
Sudbury “Welcome” arch courtesy Bruno Zaoral

Funding for this film has been provided in part by:


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