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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.

NEW: August, 2021: A Ukrainian language version is now available (see below.) Тепер доступна версія українською мовою.

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: in English or Ukrainian, or watch below. Click the full-screen icon (to left of “vimeo”.) A 4 minute trailer is also available below.

Film (English):

Bерсія українською мовою:

Trailer (English):

“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

Poster from the film’s 2017 premier:

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.



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