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KYIV – Uke, a documentary about National Hockey League (NHL) players with Ukrainian roots, premiered on December 3 in 42 Ukrainian cities and in every region except for Russia-occupied Crimea, as well as Ternopil and Kirovohrad Oblasts.

Director Volodymyr Mula spent nearly three years from concept to the big screen and got Stanley Cup winners of Ukrainian heritage, including the “Great One,” Wayne Gretzky, to speak about their identity beyond rudimentary Ukrainian words and cuisine.

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CHICAGO – A groundbreaking documentary film has been completed that chronicles the contribution that professional hockey players of Ukrainian heritage in North America made toward the development of the sport and the National Hockey League’s (NHL) nearly 103-year-old existence.

Its director and producer, Volodymyr Mula in Kyiv, spent more than two and a half years on the project interviewing such legends as four-time Stanley Cup winner Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988), Eric Nesterenko (Chicago Blackhawks), who won the league’s top honor in 1961 and two-time cup winner Ruslan Fedotenko (Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins) in 2004 and 2009, respectively.

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The Lemko Vatra in Zdynia, Poland, is considered the largest and most recognizable Lemko cultural festival worldwide. Held since 1990, this three-day festival in the Lemko region has celebrated Lemko cultural traditions with hundreds of musical and theatrical performances on stage, as well as exhibitions, contests and traditional crafts. The Lemko Vatra in Zdynia has attracted thousands of guests and tourists from around the world, including not just the Lemko region and Poland, but Ukraine, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Canada and the U.S.A. Siblings Natalia and Marko Lyszyk, both young professionals who graduated from Rutgers University and live in Bridgewater, N.J., attended the Lemko Vatra in Zdynia last summer and shared their experiences with Mark Howansky, president of the Organization for the Defense of Lemkivshchyna (OOL), which submitted this Q&A.

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